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The cable network TLC is back with its Say Yes to the Prom initiative in the US, kicking off the 2018 prom season alongside returning retail partner Macy’s to help 1,000 underserved and academically high-achieving students across the US.

TLCpromdress 9Jan2018The programme gifts economically disadvantaged and scholarship students with prom dresses, tuxedos and accessories, as well as one-on-one style sessions with Monte Durham of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta. However, designed to go beyond the dress and tuxedo to prepare students for college and careers, this year’s Say Yes to the Prom will feature scholarship, internship and mentorship opportunities as part of educational and youth workforce partnerships with The Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation’s Careers in Entertainment initiative and The Emma Bowen Foundation.

TLC will kick off the 2018 Say Yes to the Prom tour with an all-expenses paid prom for the students of New York City’s Inwood Academy for Leadership Charter School, winner of the 2018 prom contest, in February

“In 2011, Discovery Communications created TLC’s Say Yes to the Prom, a prom dress donation drive and outreach event aimed at outfitting high school students with prom attire,” said Adria Alpert Romm, chief human resources and global diversity officer at TLC parent Discovery Communications. “Initially held at our global headquarters in Silver Spring, that programme has since evolved into a nationwide initiative with an exceptional, impactful mission – to give underserved, deserving students across the country an unforgettable prom experience along with educational and career-building opportunities to broaden their horizons beyond the prom and prepare for their futures.”

Students at each event also will meet and be paired with professional mentors from the fashion and media industries. These mentor-mentee relationships will extend beyond the event and offer students an ongoing connection to the professional world.