Mission: Turning Heads mission is to develop young women leaders in San Francisco through vocational arts education and entrepreneurship training.
Results: Each Sweet Dreams Business Partnership member has earned an average of $1000/ 9 months and increased her sales dramatically. In 2010, Sweet Dreams participants earned a total of $8,875.00, and in 2011, Sweet Dreams members increased their group sales to $11,054.25!
Programs: Turning Heads Sewing and Fashion Design program helps at-risk young women overcome barriers to
success and achieve and sustain self sufficiency through two main educational program components: 1) Sewing and Fashion Design Classes, where young women learn how to create garments and accessories, and 2) The
Sweet Dreams Business Partnership, which is a youth-operated, product-based business that young women run cooperatively. As part of these programs, Turning Heads also collaborates with other organizations
to provide business opportunities and skills-based workshops which increase participants' competencies in business, entrepreneurship, math, reading, and writing, as well as their interpersonal, leadership, and life
Turning Heads Sewing and Fashion Design is great! There are a few other nonprofits in the Bay Area that do entrepreneurship education, but Turning Heads is the only one that focuses on girls, and low-income income girls specifically. This is so important because women enter business professions much less than men, and of the women to do enter business, most of their Dads were in business: a.k.a., low-income young women really need this kind of programming. This is one of the most authentic leadership development programs out there. And, to boot, there's an economic justice component- all the young women share profits of the business. Really, don't have enough good words to say about this place. It really deserves an award!