KCRA 3’s News Anchor and Reporter, Lisa Gonzales hosted this year’s fashion show. This year’s models were joined by special guest including Mckynz Jackson, Miss Black Teen Sacramento 2019, Annisa Ingram, Miss Black Sacramento 2019, 12 year old actor, Cooper Miller and former Miss Sacramento and Miss Central California, Kelsey Cardamone.
The show presented style, grace, high energy and of course, fashion. The runway models brought their best dance moves and live music accompanied them down runway. Special guest Cooper Miller performed a Dean Martin classic while the models strutted their stuff.
The models were comprised of former and current foster youth from Sacramento State and the Los Rios Community Colleges.
In attendance was Sacramento State’s President Robert S. Nelsen, who also gave the welcome address of the event.
The Foster Youth Education Fund’s goal is to help fundraise money to aid foster youth with scholarships to achieve their higher educational dreams.
“Eighty-four percent of 17-year old foster youth want to earn a college degree or higher,” according to the program’s brochure. “However, instability and trauma interfere with their learning, leading to early and persistent achievement gaps with only half ever graduating from high school and less than 3% of the state’s foster youth earning a bachelor’s degree.”
If interested in seeing next year’s show or volunteering visit fyef.org or visit on Sac State’s campus the Guardian Scholars Program. - Andrew Maestas