Mariana Russo Chambers, a Latina jewelry entrepreneur, is teaming up with Project Glimmer to focus on girls in foster care, who often face an uphill battle when it comes to school and life in general.
Her company, Cut & Clarity, offers customizable fine jewelry sustainably made in New York City. Their mission is to create opportunities for women that will ignite and spark systemic change.
This is important to Chambers, who grew up as an immigrant from Argentina.
Chambers and Cut & Clarity have recently teamed up with Project Glimmer, a non-profit dedicated to supporting young women in foster care.
They have grown from a small holiday gift drive to a countrywide platform of programs that inspire girls and connects them with mentors and basic personal needs.
They’re on a mission to support them in three different ways. The first being helping them to build self confidence through their gifts and giving. Second, they connect these adolescent women with a mentor, and third is helping them build a network of support that will take them through the rest of their lives.
“Our 1,000 community partners have enabled us to reach more than 700,000 girls in all 50 states, while helping us transform what was once an historically-fragmented community into a highly operational eco-system of corporations, philanthropists, and volunteers donating their products, resources, time, and talent,” they wrote on their website.
According to National Foster Youth Institute, 50 percent of foster youth will graduate high school, only three percent of former foster youth obtain a college degree, and one in five foster youth are homeless once they turn 18.
Project Glimmer hopes to change these statistics, and to inspire every girl to envision and realize an empowered future.
Click here to learn more about Project Glimmer, and learn about their team efforts with Cut & Clarity in the video below.