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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Youth Development Programs

Mission: The mission of the Enchanted Closet is to physically, mentally, and emotionally outfit Metro Atlanta high school girls from low-income families through programs that prepare them for social and professional milestones.

Results: The Enchanted Closet is a 100% volunteer-run nonprofit service organization that benefits the girls of metropolitan Atlanta and other cities as far as Macon, Georgia. Founded in January 2003, the Enchanted Closet began as a small community service project that collaborated with Macy’s department store to provide donated prom dresses to high school girls who could not afford to pay retail prices. The Enchanted Closet’s philosophy is that no girl should miss out on the most “enchanting” moments in her life because of her family’s economic hardship. This simple idea has made a significant impression on the lives of over 6,500 metro Atlanta and Georgia girls who received dresses from the Enchanted Closet, and it has blossomed into the organization providing dresses year-round for homecoming dances, JROTC balls, cotillions, and even milestone celebrations for mothers in residential treatment for substance abuse. The organization further aids a diverse population of girls through its GIRL$ Service-Learning Program. The program was designed to help increase the self awareness, self esteem, and self sufficiency of girls. Girls attend monthly sessions which focus on economic and social entrepreneurship, and they engage in community service. Greater focus on these areas will bring a reduction in high-risk behavior that contributes to low academic performance/ school drop out, teen pregnancy, sexual exploitation, abuse, STDs and other things that adversely affect the lives of teens, their familiies, and the community. Awards and Recognitions 2016 Butterfly Award, Dr. Barbara King; 2015 Humanitarian Business of the Year; 2015 Best of Atlanta Youth Organization; 2014 NAACP-DeKalb Chapter, Thomas C Wilson Youth Services Award, 2014 Best of Atlanta Award for Youth Organizations and Centers; House Resolution establishing January 16, 2014 as Enchanted Closet Day in the State of Georgia; Proclamation from the City of Atlanta naming December 7, 2013 as Enchanted Closet Day in the City of Atlanta; 2013 Top 10 Nonprofits for Volunteer Opportunities in Atlanta; 2013 Giving is Good Award, Black Celebrity Giving; 2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit Award, 2010 Lighthouse Award; 2010 Holiday Hero Award, Atlanta Journal & Constitution and B98.5 Radio Station; 2008 Georgia State University President's Award for Community Partnership and Social Action; 2007 Featured Nationally by Turner Broadcasting System, Movie & a Makeover; 2006 Atlanta Falcons Community Quarterback Award

Target demographics: girls from primarily low income families ages 12-19 years old

Direct beneficiaries per year: 500

Geographic areas served: 14 plus counties of metropolitan Atlanta

Programs: The Prom Dress Giveaway Program through which we outfit girls for prom and other special occasions. The GIRL$ Service-Learning aka GIRL$ Program through which we provide valuable life skills and empowerment programs. Prom Dress Giveaway Program (March through May), GIRL$ Service-Learning Program (monthly, throughout the year)

Community Stories

56 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jacqueline P.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer on the Enchanted Closet's Program Development Committee. This group works together to develop and deliver programming throughout every month during the school year to help increase the self-esteem, self-awareness, and self-sufficiency of girls. I coordinated the organization's October GIRL$ program, "Tell Me, Then Show Me," which was designed to reduce the fear of public speaking and help girls to confidently express themselves in front of others. The program involved multiple presenters, including a 10-year old motivational speaker, and ended with an improv workshop. At the start of the program, the girls were hesitant to volunteer to answer questions or present in front of the group. By the end of the program, every girl in the room was volunteering to be heard. It was truly amazing to see the girls blossom in such a short period of time. I know in my heart that the Enchanted Closet changed lives that day as they do with all of their programming.

Felicia W.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Enchanted Closet is a volunteer-run organization that has impact. I enjoy serving with women that are innovative and have a heart for the girls of Atlanta. The GIRLS program provides life skills and exposure to program participants and the Prom Dress giveaway ensures that no girl misses her prom because of financial limitations. The Enchanted Closet truly supports girls - both inside and out! Glad to be apart of this organization!

Janine M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Working with the Enchanted Closet to help girls realize their dreams is one of the most fulfilling things that I have ever had an opportunity to experience.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Working with young ladies to develop life skills is tranformational. The Enchanted Closet is an amazing organization!

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Jolisa B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came this event a week before my prom not necessarily expecting very much. I understood that this was a free service and thought the best I could hope for was a dress that fit. This was so much more than that. The dresses all were gorgeous, but beyond that, the "fairy godmothers" all were super committed to making sure I felt good about the dress I walked away with and beautiful in it. I must have tried on maybe 6 different dresses before settling on one. Still after they even matched me with jewelry and hair barrets. Honestly, I don't think my prom experience could have at all been any better.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Enchanted Closet is one of the best nonprofits for girls! I've also had the privilege of volunteering and I was truly inspired. They're consistent with hosting monthly classes on anything under the sun to empower young girls. This organization is exactly what we need in today's world to help motivate our youth!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'd love for my daughter to benefit from such a reputable & rewarding foundation. I'm very skeptical about certain non-profits, but the transparencies which I see as a "on-looker has definitely inspired me to become a volunteer.
I'm amazed at the several opportunities Enchanted Closet has given to the girls of Atlanta; which many who wouldn't otherwise had. It's contribution is back by many credible sponsors. The basic premise of inspiring girls & young women to reach their full potential in all areas of their life despite their situation is exactly what Enchanted Closet embodies.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Enchanted Closet made my daughter's prom experience amazing. The personal shopper helped her select the perfect dress, shoes and accessories. It was so much more than she could have dreamed. More importantly the programing that makes their "brains beautiful" enrich them far beyond prom. Thanks Enchanted Closet. I look forward to volunteering next year.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Enchanted Closet is the only non profit organization that has been continuously on the move since 2003. I have volunteered on a couple of occasions and during the time I saw so much excitement from the participants. Not only does the Enchanted Closet help prepare young teens for proms it helps them with their self esteem as well as help promote them for the real world. Most of the participants go on to college because of the various activities they have participated in. I commend the CEO and founder for sharing her vision with the world. I can see this vision moving global. I recommend that anyone who has a young daughter sign them up and get them motivated to become an active participant. Praises to the CEO and all of the volunteers who engage constantly. I can’t wait until I get some extra time in my day to pay it forward to TEC. On a scale of 1-10 I rate TEC 10.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Enchanted Closet is a wonderful organization that has a major impact on girls in metropolitan Atlanta. I had the privilege to serve the Enchanted Closet both as a board member and a volunteer. I've personally seen the positive impact in the girls that attend the annual Prom Dress Giveaway or the monthly GIRL$ Service-Learning Program. The Board Members and Volunteers possess a genuine interest in the organization's mission to physically, mentally, and emotionally outfit Metro Atlanta high school girls from low-income families through programs that prepare them for social and professional milestones.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Enchanted Closet is a well organized organization that has an inspiring and positive impact within the Atlanta community.

1 Joyce S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the awesome opportunity to volunteer with this nonprofit for the past few years. During this time I have watched the dedication and commitment of its CEO, Board Members, volunteers, partners and others in the mission of providing expertise and programs that inspire and motivate young ladies in the Metro Atlanta area. It is very rewarding to see the smiles on the faces of the young ladies who participate in the various workshops. This is a great organization.

1 Condus S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

There is nothing more rewarding than being a real live Fairy Godmother to the girls of Metro Atlanta. As a member for Enchanted Closet’s Young Empowerment Board, our wings are always fluttering, crowns constantly shining and magical wands forever waving to physically, mentally and emotionally outfit the next generation of young ladies.

Seeing the minds and faces of girls light up when they gain a greater sense of self awareness, develop positive self esteem and discover their ability to be self sufficient; is an amazing gift that is indescribable.

I love this work and this awesome organization.

~Ting!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization has definitely made a difference in so many lives across the Metro Atlanta area. I've seen first hand how young ladies blossomed from shy little girls into well spoken, confident and articulate young ladies. This organization not only helps families financially when it comes to making prom dreams come true, but mentally enlightens and motivates young ladies to follow their dreams and be the best they can be.

1 Carla J.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that does an awesome job working with the young ladies in the community. They go beyond a prom dress giveaway and offers programs that enrich and educate. I enjoy working with this nonprofit and look forward to serving more in the future.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Enchanted Closet is a very empowering organization. In not only outfits the young ladies of Atlanta with dresses and accessories for all their special occasions. Enchanted Closet also offers programs to enrich and enhance their life skills while providing positive roll models and mentors. We not only give the ladies pretty things to look at and wear we also strive to provoke thought and impact their future.

1 Rosalyn F.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization is small by mighty. The Enchanted Closet is run by all volunteers and has managed to serve over 6500 girls in the Metropolitan Atlanta since it was founded. It's Signature Program is the Prom Dress Giveaway . The Enchanted Closet provides prom dresses and accessories to girls who would not be able to attend prom due to the finances. The Enchanted Closet also has a girls mentoring program, which is designed to encourage and support girls in the development of educational and life skills. Monthly programs typically focus on health eating, exercise, public speaking, brand building, etiquette, budgeting, STEM/STEAM, and college prep, to name a few. The organization could not do this without the generous support of the community through donations of dresses, shoes, accessories and monies. With all that the Enchanted Closet does, I am proud to be associated with this positive organization working to make a difference in the lives of girls.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this organization since 2004. This organization fills a need that is often times overlooked, but the prom is an important rite of passage for young girls. Making a difference in young girls lives has been a rewarding experience. Seeing a young girl's demeanor change from ho-hum to estatic when they find the dress of their dreams is heartwarming. This community service opportunity has afforded me an enjoyable giveback experience.

1 Ceasar G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've had the opportunity to work/partner/appreciate this organizations for over 10 years. The work that they do with our young ladies is unmeasurable in terms of worth. Please continue what you are doing. You will always have my support!
Ceasar Gaiters, CFO
JABY INC

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Bonita C. Johnson has a consistent dedication and devotion to empower girls of metropolitan Atlanta. She saw a need and answered the call. Through Enchanted Closet Inc., girls have had an opportunity to walk away with life skills that will last them a lifetime. Through Ms. Johnson's leadership, Enchanted Closet Inc. is an ongoing positive force for girls and the community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an organization which truly endeavors to meet the needs of young women. I've been blessed and inspired by their consistent outreach.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Enchanted Closet continues to evolve to meet the increasing physical, emotional, and mental needs of metropolitan Atlanta girls. Due to the many challenges in our society, girls are in continual need of empowering programs and opportunities to gain life impacting knowledge, skills, and abilities to combat societal ills and to prepare themselves to rise above challenges and reach higher heights. It's a blessing to be involved with an organization that continually strives to make a difference and helps girls to see that their possibilities are endless. Dreams do come true!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Enchanted Closet is a valuable resource in metropolitan Atlanta. Nearly 5000 girls have been outfitted for the enchanting moments in their middle and high school lives. Hundreds of girls have gained vital mentoring through the GIRL$ Program. The program ensures that girls are empowered with self awareness, self esteem, and self sufficiency necessary to not fall prey to societal ills and to make valuable contributions to society. The organization has exceeded its service numbers this year and have served 610 girls!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Enchanted Closet is an outstanding organization that is very much needed in the community! They help young ladies secure dresses for their prom when they might otherwise not be able to attend. Enchanted Closet also has a GIRL$ Service Learning Program that teaches young ladies about life and how to be prepared for what they want to do! It increases their self esteem and empowers them. I know firsthand what being exposed to people who have overcome challenges and obstacles in life can do for the self esteem of young ladies towards encouraging them to follow their dreams and live on purpose! Enchanted Closet makes dreams come true!! Keep up the good work!!