BROOKLYN — Prom is a night to shine, take pictures and celebrate, but one Brooklyn high school needs help to preserve the memorable moment for its students so they reached out to PIX11 News for help.
Many students at Boys and Girls High School in Bedford-Stuyvesant have heartbreaking stories of living in shelters, being homeless and working two jobs, all while in high school. They can't afford a prom, but they certainly deserve one.
Take Shavones Robinson, 19, and Jhanelle Bailey, 17: they are young but what they have overcome already is inspiring.
To his classmates, Robinson is a track star, president of the student body, the debate team captain. But outside of school, he was homeless and working two jobs to get by. He told no one.
"I didn't know where I was going to sleep," he said. "No one knows what was going on. They look up to me."
Bailey is from Jamaica and is separated from her family. She's graduating this spring with honors but said every day is a struggle.
Doretta Smith, the school's PTA president, said she was heartbroken when it was time to plan for prom. Many of her teens don't have parents or the resources to celebrate.
"I knew (PIX11) would answer us and help us out," she said.
Bailey said she wants to be like the teens she sees in the movies, wearing a fabulous prom dress and dancing the night away.
" I have a big dream for my prom," she said. "I want a ballroom. I want to slow dance"
If you want to help these teens have a night to remember, contact Monica Morales on her Facebook page, here.