Marjory Stoneman Douglas DECA Juniors Launch Career Closet Initiative to Empower Students in Need

Marjory Stoneman Douglas DECA Juniors Launch Career Closet Initiative to Empower Students in Need

Arizel Corniel and Carly Rogalla of Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

By: David Russell

Last November, two Marjory Stoneman Douglas DECA juniors created the ‘Career Closet’ initiative to collect professional business attire to donate to students in need.

After successfully garnering over 1,300 donations, the team now opens its doors to the public on Sunday, March 12, 2023, at Cypress Hall at 1301 Coral Springs Drive, offering free clothing.

Students Arizel Corniel and Carly Rogalla have gained a lot from the program and were inspired to start Career Closet to share the empowering feeling of dressing for success.

“We noticed there was a problem in a community where the average household income was over $200,000, and students still couldn’t afford professional clothes. So we couldn’t imagine how severe this issue would be in lower-income communities,” Corniel said.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas's DECA Club Holds Career Closet Giveaway

Top row: Logan Weitzner, Carly Rogalla, Arizel Corniel, Emily Nagle, Awni Masri, bottom row: and advisor Lisa Webster, Brian Listopad, and Caroline Oliver.

DECA is a national business club for high school students to learn leadership and real-world business skills. Part of the program consists of numerous career days where students are asked to dress in professional clothes for a grade.

Beyond MSD, the girls have continued to organize donations with other DECA clubs nationwide to see its mission through.

The event is open to all Broward residents. To donate, call Marjory Stoneman Douglas’s front office at 754-322-2280.

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