Taylor’s Closet Awarded $20,000 to Teach Job Readiness and Leadership

Linda Giambattista, Executive Director, mentoring girls during a Bloom session.

Taylor’s Closet, a nonprofit organization with a mission to empower teenaged girls in need, was awarded a $20,000 grant by the Celia Lipton Farris and Victor W. Farris Foundation Home Community Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward.

The grant through the Community Foundation of Broward provides Taylor’s Closet the opportunity to expand its reach and empower in-need teenaged girls by helping them improve their employability through the development of teaching, planning, speaking, and organizational skills. Specifically, the funds will allow 12 in-need girls to participate in 40-hour long work-based readiness training at Taylor’s Closet located at 1227 N.E. 8th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. The girls will also hone their leadership skills by planning and leading weekly meetings for the “Bloom” group at Fort Lauderdale High School.

Taylor’s Closet has partnered with Fort Lauderdale High School and seen tremendous results with the girls who have attended its programs for a one-year period; more than 90 percent of participants experienced improvements in attendance, behavior and GPA.

“By training and encouraging our young future leaders to maximize their potential, our goal is to ensure that each girl who participates in the program will achieve useful experience for employment and empowering them to live happy, healthy, and productive lives,” added Linda Giambattista, Executive Director of Taylor’s Closet   

For information, visit taylorscloset.org.

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