17 Sep Are you a Youth Nouveau? TFII introduces a career driven membership exclusively for High School students.
Founded in 2018 and launched in January of 2019, the Texas Fashion Industry Initiative 501c3 is the state’s first official non-profit dedicated to the positive growth of the Texas fashion industry. Founded by strong leaders within the fashion industry and headquartered in Downtown San Antonio, Texas, TFII serves by bridging Texas fashion communities together, educating entrepreneurs, creating jobs, showcasing fashion artists, and by drawing global attention to the Texas fashion scene.
In the short amount of time that TFII has been around, already, many have joined the membership program striving to take their support of the Texas fashion industry to the next level. Now, with over 70 members, the exciting development of TEXAS FASHION WEEK™, and the successful launch of the education department under its belt, TFII is now striving to support the passion for fashion industry at an even younger age.
Members are featured at the Professionals Directory at the website.
Starting today, TFII’s membership will now be available to high school students who are interested in fashion as a career. The membership level is called Youth Nouveau.
New Youth Nouveau Membership, $10 introductory rate, annual subscription.
The new Youth Nouveau annual membership subscription is currently available at a $10 introductory rate ($20 annually after) and is offered exclusively to high school students. It seeks to give youth access to the best in Texas fashion industry advocacy while offering perks for career development and fashion industry access. Memberships include:
- Career Guidance: Students have access to gain career guidance and preferential consideration for all opportunities TFII may have in educational programming and development.
- Elite Networking: Students gain access to network with diverse industry professionals, supporters, and a powerful group of individuals who are active in growing the Texas fashion industry while growing their professional contact list.
- Youth Nouveau E-Newsletter: Students gain early insider knowledge about fashion events before anyone else. They also receive news about opportunities, shopping, and discounts from participating partners directly to their email.
- VIP Lanyard & Fashion Event Perks: Youth Nouveau members receive a TFII VIP Events lanyard to wear at participating fashion events in order to receive exclusive opportunities for work experience or special access.
- TEXAS FASHION WEEK™: Youth Nouveau members gain the opportunity to apply to volunteer at TEXAS FASHION WEEK™ to gain experience for their future careers.
The new membership level was inspired and founded by Christine Donovan, Chair of Youth Programming for the Texas Fashion Industry Initiative and current Family Consumer Science Educator for Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas.
“Throughout my eight years of teaching I’ve become passionate about my student’s future. Everything I do is for them and their success once they leave my classroom. This membership will allow them opportunities to explore the fashion industry and network with the movers and shakers of the industry here in San Antonio. Students just want a place to belong, and I’ve found that giving them opportunities like the TFII membership, will make them feel accepted and have a sense of belonging to something. I can’t wait to grow this membership and help the youth of San Antonio!” says Donovan.
Christine Donovan, Chair of TFII Youth Programming
By giving students access as early as high school, they too can begin to develop a network of fashion industry professionals and elite supporters early in their lives. Through this bridge, TFII plans to continue to shepherd the students as they grow, moving up the membership chain as a Trendsetter member, then gaining opportunity to enroll in the Silver Jacket Entrepreneur Program or other career development programs and then ultimately, earning access to their Professional TFII membership level and becoming a leader for Texas fashion industry as an adult.
The full cycle strives to incubate and support the student’s dreams of a fashion career while contributing to the economic development of the Texas fashion industry as a whole in the city of San Antonio, TX. Retaining talent is vital and continuing to grow programs like TEXAS FASHION WEEK™ will allow these students to become familiar with the local cycle of fashion industry and prepare their career or personal brand accordingly as they grow and in conjunction with this annual cycle.
Currently, Donovan is also working with the TFII Board and other TFII Chairs, such as Jesse Daniels, Head of Design & Brand at SAS Shoes, to develop additional outlets for continued career growth outside of traditional means. The membership is just the beginning.
Jesse Daniels, Head of Design & Brand at SAS Shoes
After years of speaking with San Antonio fashion businesses, it was often expressed that while there is always a need for new hires, the specific skills that are needed are not always present in the average San Antonio prospect. This results in companies having to hire first then train individuals to do the job later, sometimes resulting in an ill fit for the company.
By providing a youth version of the Silver Jacket Entrepreneur Program and other certificate training specially designed by TFII and San Antonio fashion businesses, participants of the TFII Youth Nouveau membership and educational programming can be groomed to become desirable hires later on in their lives by learning fashion industry skillsets early on that are specific to the real needs of real jobs within the rapidly growing San Antonio fashion industry.
Application for the Youth Nouveau membership is available at TexasFashionIndustry.Org on the membership page. Application reviews may take up to four weeks and a valid high school email and ID is necessary to apply.