From The Shine Project website:
Ashley LeMieux was working with inner city youth when she noticed a troubling issue. Most of the students didn't feel like college was on option for them given their circumstances. Many of the students would be the first in their families to consider college, but had no financial resources, and didn't have adequate mentorship to help them get to the next level in their lives. Frustrated, Ashley turned to her social media influence to raise money to send a group of seniors to college. She had started a blog called The Shine Project and decided to use the influence of social media to help fund scholarships. After giving 7 scholarships away, Ashley knew that raising money for these inner city youth needed to be more than a one time thing.
Now Ashley has found a way to help inner city youth earn money for school, learn valuable work and life skills, and take pride in becoming a first generation college student. Students work at The Shine Project headquarters in downtown Phoenix. They hand make the jewelry and are involved in running everything from customer service, shipping, design, sales, and events. Over 40 scholarships have been given since 2011, and 100% of donations given to the non profit go directly to the students. Threads by The Shine Project currently employees 11 inner city students.
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