On Tuesday, nearly 250 DPS high school students were given the opportunity of a lifetime to “Say Yes to the Prom,” courtesy of TLC television network and Discovery Education. The young women and men received personal prom makeovers, where they shopped through thousands of prom dresses, tuxedos, shoes, jewelry, handbags and more. The makeovers even included hair and makeup consultations, and one-on-one style sessions with TLC’s Fashion Director and “Say Yes to the Dress” host, Monte Durham. Superintendent Susana Cordova also stopped by to help students hunt for the perfect look.
“I’m having a great day today. This is a cool opportunity that a lot of kids don’t get to experience. I couldn’t be any more thankful. We are blessed for the opportunity. Thank you!” said a DPS student.
“Say Yes to the Prom” is designed to remove the financial burden of prom for deserving high school students across the U.S., and to go beyond the dress and tuxedo to build self-confidence and prepare students for their next journey: college and careers. The event, coordinated by the DPS counseling team, helps ensure students feel their best for prom.
This year’s “Say Yes to the Prom” will feature scholarship, internship and mentorship opportunities as part of a number of educational and youth workforce partnerships with The Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation’s Careers in Entertainment initiative, and The Emma Bowen Foundation, among others.
Denver is one of five stops along the tour, which will also visit Los Angeles, New York City, Knoxville, Tenn. and Silver Spring, Md. to impact nearly 1,000 underserved and academically high-achieving students across the U.S.
“I’ve always wanted to be able to have a senior year where my prom was memorable. I’ve never had a tuxedo. I’m getting fitted for one today and it blows my mind. This is really great,” said another DPS student.
Watch some video coverage of this fun event on CBS4.