Covet Fashion Wants To Be The Change The Fashion Industry Needs With Four $10k Grants

In response to the momentum behind the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020, the fashion industry has made some efforts to become more inclusive and diverse. But there’s still much work to be done.

With that in mind, Covet Fashion, a mobile styling game adored by 2 to 3 million users per month around the globe, has launched the Threading Change Initiative specifically for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) small business owners in the fashion industry. Four winners will each receive a $10,000 grant. Find all the details and apply here. The deadline is November 4.

To guide the program and help narrow down the entries to 10 finalists, Covet has enlisted Dr. Akiliah Cadet, founder of Change Cadet, a consultancy that helps companies and individuals achieve diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in the workplace. Of those 10, Covet users will then vote to name the final four winners.

I reached out to Cadet to learn more about the initiative, her role in it, and how she thinks the fashion industry is doing when it comes to diversity and inclusion.

How did you get involved with Covet? 

“Glu Mobile, where Covet Fashion lives, is a Change Cadet client. In our engagement with Glu Moblie Covet Fashion reached out to me to see if I had interest I’m partnering with their inaugural granting program. Threading Change is a mashup of Covet Fashion and Change Cadet. Fashion and diversity united to disrupt the industry.”

What will you be looking for in applicants? 

“We want to know about the brand and what sets it apart from others. The message of how they lead with purpose, broadening the conversation about diversity in fashion. Business is important too as Covet Fashion will be amplifying 10 of the finalists on their social media platforms reaching over a million people. It will be important for us to know what their business plan is for growth and how the grant can help them reach their goal (s).

But most importantly we want to know their story. BIPOC people may not have as many opportunities as white people in the fashion industry and we want to hear about that. We want to know how they’re able to still stay committed to an industry that may not feel inclusive to them. We also want to see how they represent their culture and or story into their brand. The stories and experiences we have as BIPOC is what makes our companies unique and I know that first hand.”

Will each of the four winners need be from different disciplines? Or could there, for example, be two photographer winners.

“My team and Covet Fashion’s team will narrow it down to the top 10 finalists. We will amplify those finalists on Covet Fashion’s social media. The four winners will be picked by the public. There are

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SM to give away 10K worth of SM gift certificates to 5 frontliners

ONE can spark hope and share the joy of gift-giving as SM Supermalls celebrates frontline workers, the modern day heroes, in this time of pandemic.

This holiday season, shoppers may nominate a frontliner to receive a special gift via the #ShareHopeWithSM digital mailbox until Dec. 14, 2020. Five nominated frontliners may get a chance to win P10,000 worth of SM gift certificates. Winners will be announced on Oct. 26, Nov. 9 and 23 and Dec. 7 and 21.

In order to join, participants must simply follow these steps:

1. Register via the #ShareHopeWithSM microsite at or access the SM Supermalls Facebook chatbot or SM Viber bot.

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Opportunity Rising Foundation $10K Gift Invests in the Futures of North Texas Scholars

Anonymous donor empowers low-income students to pursue their dream careers

Opportunity Rising Foundation, an initiative of DHA, Housing Solutions for North Texas, received an anonymous gift of $10,000 to help exceptional North Texas scholars pursue their higher education goals.

“We’re so grateful to this donor and all who are inspired to contribute,” said Troy Broussard, President and CEO of DHA. “Because helping our talented scholars move up in the world speaks to your hearts as much as it does ours, we’re able to power success through education. Our goal for all the families we serve is to move toward self-sufficiency, where they can lead independent lives.”

More than 71% of the previous Opportunity Rising Foundation scholars were first-generation college students and 76% were able to move on to employment and no longer receive or need government assistance. Opportunity Rising has provided 1,119 students with more than $1.5 million in scholarship funds over the last 23 years.

The anonymous donation coincides with the recent announcement of 10 North Texas scholarship recipients for 2020 who are now attending colleges and universities from the University of North Texas and the University of Texas at Dallas to the historic Hampton University in Virginia.

Demarieh Wesley, a 2020 Opportunity Rising Foundation scholar and recipient of the $4,000 Chairman of the Board scholarship, is now attending Hampton University, where he will also play lacrosse. He recently shared his gratitude for the award that honors scholars from DHA low-income communities who exhibit academic excellence, high self-esteem, outstanding leadership and community responsibility.

“I feel like the person who receives an Opportunity Rising scholarship should deserve it, not just because of their essay or grades but because of their character,” he said. “And that you feel in your heart that that person is going to do the right thing with that scholarship money. I thank [the foundation] for that.”

Chyrel Roseborough, DHA education coordinator, supports a multitude of seniors and their parents as they complete the Opportunity Rising Scholarship process online for the chance of receiving the scholarship.

Noting that more than half of DHA’s residents are under the age of 18, she says, “For every scholar the foundation is able to help, there are so many more behind them working hard for their chance to pursue their career dreams at the college of their choice.

“Gifts like the one we just received are often the one missing piece that helps students have that chance, and we’d be thrilled to see other donors inspired to invest in them.”

UNT freshman and 2020 Leadership Award recipient Sarah Apio encourages high school students to take their futures into their hands and apply for scholarships like those from the Opportunity Rising Foundation. “Really motivate yourself. I feel like if you have the mindset to where you’re constantly pushing yourself, a lot of great things will happen.”

Donate to the Opportunity Rising Foundation today.

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