About Us

Giving The Glam (givingtheglam.org) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Massachusetts. It was created and established by visionary philanthropist and noted fashionista Maristela Rapo.

Students are selected in coordination with Massachusetts Student Grant Programs including the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO) and the Boston Police Department’s District B-3 Community Service Officers.

We deal with young men and women who all come from different backgrounds and are each being faced with unique challenges. Giving The Glam comes into their lives and helps guide and motivate them to overcome their challenges by building their self esteem and by acquiring a newfound confidence to help them create a viable plan for their own future.

Giving The Glam helps financially disadvantaged teens enjoy a top shelf high school prom experience. Each student participant is provided with everything she or he will need to experience their prom in style – gowns, tuxes, accessories, hair and makeup, professional photos, a video, car service to the venue, even a hotel room to get ready for the big event.

Sounds fancy, and it is. Giving The Glam is making a difference in people’s lives.

Perhaps one of last year’s students put it best: “To get compliments was not only nice to hear, but also empowering. It made me feel a new confidence in myself that I never knew I could have. That is exactly how I felt on my prom night…and how I still feel today.”