How it Works
Every year The Princess Project seeks and receives hundreds of beautiful dresses from individual donors, corporations and fundraisers.
2. WORK TOGETHER
After we receive all of the dresses and accessories, our wonderful volunteers organize them for our dress giveaway event.
During our dress giveaway, hundreds of teens from all over the Bay Area (sometimes even farther) come and find their perfect dress to make their prom dreams real!
In addition to helping high school teens attend their prom with style and confidence, The Princess Project is driven by seven core values.
In everything we do, we strive to honor these values so that we can continue to provide the most fun and memorable experience for the teens we serve, volunteers that help, and our generous donors.
We strive to OFFER meaningful volunteer leadership opportunities for women, and seek to provide a venue for volunteers to grow personally and professionally.
We TRUST that teens who are in financial need of garments or accessories will attend The Princess Project events, and we will welcome them without question.
We strive to include the DIVERSITY of people represented in our communities and our volunteer corps
We CELEBRATE bodies of all sizes and avoid using body imagery in our marketing and outreach.
We VALUE the importance of recycling and of using the earth’s resources wisely.
We strive to INCLUDE representatives of teens that we serve in our decision-making processes.
We strive to CREATE a respectful, fun atmosphere for the teens we serve at the Dress Giveaway events.
The Princess Project promotes self-confidence and individual beauty by providing free prom dresses and accessories to high school teens who cannot otherwise afford them. Our effort is made possible through invaluable volunteer, donor, and community support.
By creating a positive environment that celebrates bodies of all shapes and sizes, our work goes far beyond the dress to instill a sense of pride and confidence in the thousands of teens that we reach each prom season across California. We reach teens at a pivotal moment in their lives and give them an experience that they will forever cherish, as we celebrate with them their passage into adulthood.
One teen, one dress and the rest is history. Started in 2002 by Laney Whitcanack and Kristi Smith Knutson, The Princess Project was inspired by one young woman in need of a dress to attend her prom. We have since grown to now proudly serve more than 35,000 deserving teens through our five chapters in San Diego, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Tracy and Los Angeles, our newest chapter that is hosting its first dress giveaways this spring.
“I needed a dress for senior prom and unfortunately my family couldn’t afford to buy me one. I happened to find out about The Princess Project when I was looking at prom dresses on the internet; I didn’t even know they existed. I went to their website and set an appointment to get a dress. I was paired with a great volunteer who helped me find exactly what I was looking for. Her encouragement made me feel beautiful and was a really easy process. I went to the prom and I really enjoyed myself; it way a very special night. Now I volunteer with The Princess Project because I wanted to be able to make the same kind of difference in another girl’s life.”Earhya / The Princess Project, San Francisco
Wearing the dress made me feel like a Princess, but more than anything, I think it was just so magical, that just with a mere 30 minutes and a dress, I changed. I felt like a Princess because of my fairy godmother. Because of the kindness I saw in people. Because of the love and care and passion for helping others that I felt.Kelsey Wong / The Princess Project
I found the most beautiful dress. It is a semi golden/yellow Vera Wang strapless dress. When I put it on everyone’s jaws dropped and they said “wow”. I really did feel like a princess, something that in my life I have never felt.Dress Giveaway Attendee / Princess Project, Silicon Valley
I thank you for giving me more than you think, you have not only established my faith that there is still good people willing to do good things without gaining anything also that anyone’s dreams can come true.Dress Giveaway Attendee / The Princess Project, Silicon Valley