An internship funded by the L.A. County Department of Mental Health was life-changing for Lizzy Madrigal. She had the opportunity to work with youth who had recently aged out of the foster care system while agency helped them find stabilized housing and enroll in school or find full-time work. Lizzy’s role was checking in every week with the young people who were part of the program. Through her conversations, she learned what it meant to live without a stable family situation, or a solid foundation for life—things she had always taken for granted. It inspired this fierce founder to launch Freely Project, a social enterprise dedicated to supporting homeless youth. 35 percent of the profits from the sales of Freely Project tees and accessories are donated to organizations all over the U.S. that provide social services to marginalized youth.
To learn more about Lizzy’s business visit FreelyProject.com.
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