Cal State LA Student Helps Low-Income Teens Have Prom Of Their Dreams

MONTEREY PARK ( — A Cal State LA student is helping low-income teenage girls have the prom of their dreams.

CBS2’s Adrianna Weingold reports that Stephanie Perez is a full-time student studying business, marketing, psychology, sociology and economics.

The 20-year-old also works as a college advisor at Franklin High School, where she’s helping 20 girls attend prom.

Perez collects dresses, shoes and accessories for the teens, who are on-track to attend four-year colleges. She also arranges for their hair and makeup appointments.

“A lot of them started jobs to work after school, so then their grades are like, I have to trade my homework another day because they’re working to help their parents pay for it, or their parents are paying for prom and Grad Night, and then they don’t have as much food at home,” Perez said.

Perez said it’s her love of the community and passion for people that keeps her going.

“I really do think they do deserve it,” she said.

Perez is one of six children, and her mother, Veronica, works hard cleaning houses to make ends meet.

Veronica said it was a struggle to pull together enough money for Perez’s prom. She couldn’t be more proud of how her daughter is giving back.

“She has such a big heart, she just wants to give, she always wants to give,” Veronica said.

To help out with Perez’s cause, visit


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