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(Global - April 2017) It’s prom season, an exciting time in the lives of teens, but for many it can also be stressful since the average cost of attending is more than $500.

(CBC - April 2017) Vicky Vo says choosing the perfect prom dress for her big night last year was overwhelming. Never mind the extensive colour palette to choose from — the 18-year-old was also looking for the perfect style. But thanks to Toronto charity New Circles, she had the help of a personal shopper as well as a fully-funded outfit.

It takes a large network of people passionate about helping youth to stock the annual Prom Boutique with fashionable formal wear for the more than 500 teens who visit each year.

As the manager of New Circles’ employment training programs, Joanna Jaskielewicz works closely with clients, volunteer facilitators and program partners to deliver the Retail Foundations, Business Office Skills and Leaders in Service Training programs.

On March 2, New Circles opened its doors to local community service agencies. Eighty individuals from 45 different agencies attended information sessions, took tours through GLOW, and spent time networking with New Circles staff and other service providers.

On a sunny afternoon in February, fifteen newly-certified graduates from our retail training program gathered with family and friends to celebrate their success.

The retail industry may be disrupted, but it is certainly not collapsing. This was a key message at a recent roundtable that brought together retailers and non-profits to discuss how community-based training initiatives can help fill the hiring gap.

Do you have high-end clothing and accessories to donate, but aren't sure if they're appropriate for GLOW? With the new Pay It Forward program, you can drop off designer items to our partner Flair Trade - and 70% of the sale proceeds will go right back to GLOW!

This May, youth from across the city who are facing economic barriers will come to New Circles to shop for the perfect prom outfit. There are many ways to get involved, from organizing a Prom Drive, to donating clothing, to making a financial contribution.

"This morning, I reflect on a journey that started out with hesitant, tentative steps. We see just how far we have come...it has been an honour and a privilege being part of this journey with you all."

When clients, volunteers and donors come to New Circles, the first face they see if often Alberto Munoz. Alberto manages the busy front desk, providing frontline reception services to New Circles’ diverse community members.

New Circles was honoured to receive the Mo Davies Award for Excellence in Fundraising by a Small Organization at the Association of Fundraising Professionals Annual Congress on Wednesday, November 23.