Mission and Programs
Humanity was created for freedom. Using the arts of fashion and beauty, we empower youth and women overcoming trafficking, homelessness, and other injustices.
|Program:||Freedom and Fashion Fashion Experience|
|Population Served: ||At-risk youth|
Our Fashion Mentorship Program exists to take our students from a place of discouragement into a reality of power! We use the power of fashion and mentorship to promote positive transformation while creating a fashion line. By infusing practical lessons of the fashion industry with important conversations (i.e self image, leadership, the power of choice, etc) it has been proven that our students break through unhealthy cycles, heal from past traumas, and experience freedom.
At the end of the year, we celebrate our students' completion of the programs by hosting our Freedom and Fashion Annual Fashion Show. This event debuts the students' designs while giving the community an opportunity to show their love and support; the show also serves as an awareness platform and fundraiser
Chief Executive Profile
Laverne Delgado-Small is a passionate activist, artist, speaker, and Executive Director of Freedom and Fashion. She is an alumnus of The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and has spent many years working in the fashion & beauty industry, with her experience encompassing everything from mass production to couture for the runway. Beyond fashion, Laverne has a love for young people overcoming human trafficking and other injustices and has built her life around serving them with her talents and resources. With her vast experience in working with survivors of abuse, single mothers, conquerors of injustice, and the LGBTQIA+ Community, Laverne's track record upholds her connection to the human spirit and empowering one's greatness. Throughout the years, Laverne has activated generosity in thousands of people, which has led to providing resources to people in need around the world.
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