Paying extracurricular dues is expensive for underprivileged families, causing children to only dream of pursuing new skills and passions as time passes them by. This stunts growth, limits opportunity, and eventually diminishes ones self-esteem.
As a young person in a single-parent household, I’ve witnessed first-hand what it’s like to be gifted in several art forms, yet miss out due to the lack of resources needed. I was 8 years old when I first had the desire to dance. Shortly after I joined a dance team, we had to move due to our struggle with finances. Disappointed, I cried for days.
All throughout my youth, we never could afford such things. The desire to dance continuously burned inside of me. By the time I was 12 I attempted to join the cheer team where I stayed no longer than a month. I missed out again, due to finances. I never danced again until I was 18, my senior year of high school. I missed out on critical early development and dance techniques, which affected both my self-esteem and my learning ability. So many others share the same story or similar. In 2021 our very first client deal fail through because over half of the team couldn't afford to pay their dues.
This year, we are launching a non-profit under our company that promotes the upliftment of economically disadvantaged youth, titled Inner Star by Arné. We plan to sponsor the extracurricular activity fees of children who are deprived of the opportunity to pursue their hobbies and interests. Enabling stars to shine is our unique way to give back to the community.
Inner Star by Arné will use approximately 5% of proceeds sold from our upcoming collection of designer dancewear to sponsor an individual in grades K-12 with an all-expense-paid sponsorship, including tryout fees. From Dance, Majorette, Flag Team, and Cheer, to Band, Choir, JROTC, Sports, etc., for as long as the child demonstrates the financial need.
The earlier we fully support the interests of our youth, the more time we have to cultivate and harvest the next generation of future leaders and change makers. With Inner Star, we aim to motivate our youth with hopes of urging them to continue on to collegiate level by pushing them to be their best and keep them out of the streets and into their books and activities.
We plan to award a student this upcoming school year of August 2022-2023 with our very first Inner Star sponsorship. We are PROUD to say that thus far, we have already secured clientele from a local elementary school and high school. Utilizing our networks and resources, we have partnered with a local graphic design/photography business, together we will go on an HBCU tour this football season in hopes to promote and secure more clients for the Arné: Designer Dancewear campaign. We would like to THANK YOU in advance for genuinely taking the time out to become apart of our vision so that we can truly give back to those in our community who genuinely deserve to shine.
-What does my donation support?
Your donation will go towards funding our in-house charity Inner Star, the production costs of five of our dancewear samples, and the printing cost of our promotional brochures.
-How can I witness my donation making an impact?
All of our supporters can subscribe to our YouTube channel to see us enabling our stars to shine.
-How do you spread the word about Inner Star?
We will promote Inner start on our website, social media platforms, and in our upcoming brochures. We mention Inner Star during client consultations so that they are aware of the fact that they too are making a difference in the lives of our youth when they purchase.
-When can we see the finished dancewear collection?
The debut of our collection is To Be Announced. We will keep consistent updates via ifundwomen, social media, and email.