C.A.U.S.E. for Elegance is the Jr. Apprentice Training Program of Camp Village, Inc., a non-profit organization. Camp Village has served 2,868 youth in the Metropolitan Atlanta area in 12 years. Three years ago, Camp Village we hired 32 students who were once in the program because they were “too old for camp” and “too young and without skills” to get a job.
“That is when I realized we had to provide opportunities for our youth as they transitioned from the program,” says Founder/Executive Director Lady Jo Roberson Edwards. When we were not as successful with providing mentors they could shadow with the hopes of their getting hired, we decided we should start our own business for youth where they could train, learn skills, build resume, and earn a stipend for their efforts.”
The Edwards with their supporters implemented the “Learn and Earn” program and the students decided what kind of business they wanted to go into and which skills they wanted to acquire. After much contemplation and evaluation, it was decided they should go into the retail business. In retail, they could learn skills they could use in many other disciplines and the idea of C.A.U.S.E. for Elegance was born. And now you can enjoy a guiltfree shopping trip with the knowledge that a portion of each purchase goes toward training young people as the learn lifelong skills.
C.A.U.S.E. is an acronym for Causes All United to Serve and Empower. Through the benevolence of many supporters, they opened C.A.U.S.E. for Elegance, “The Fashion House of All Things Beautiful & Exquisite,” at Phipps Plaza, in a lovely 6,505-square-foot space. Students receive hands-on practical experience of operating a business from industry professionals with 20+ years experience in a multitude of disciplines. This fundraising and the Jr. Apprenticeship project are possible through the generous donations of many individuals, designers, stores and manufacturers where all above costs will provide scholarships/stipends for students. This collection of evening, bridal, prom, cotillion, day wear, furs, jewelry, bags, men’s suits, shirts, ties and embellished ink pens, etc., is from many local, national and international designers.
“We are also introducing many youth designers and their very upscale, avant-garde designs. We also anticipate the launch of the C.A.U.S.E. Fashion Line and the House of Art & Design with exhibitions given by noted artists and photographers as an additional fundraising initiative,“ says Lady Jo.
C.A.U.S.E. is also an event space for receptions, bridal showers, book signings, workshops, organization meetings, designer Trunk Shows, etc. The luxurious space lends itself especially well to birthday parties, princess teas with manicures and pedicures for little girls and even boasts a runway for fashion shows.
C.A.U.S.E. is in part supported by an Honorary Host Committee of distinguished Ladies, a club that is at once non-exclusive and filled with notable Atlantans. To learn more about becoming a lady in support of a fabulous CAUSE, please see the Facebook page or call 770.309.0568.
Atty. Donald Edwards and Mrs. Jo Roberson Edwards have lived in Atlanta for many years and are the proud parents of Nia, a recent graduate of Spelman College, and Domia, a senior at Woodward Academy. They have enjoyed the beauty and serenity of living in a lush and beautiful area that they call “The Edwards’ Sanctuary,” only 15 minutes south of downtown Atlanta.