Two teenagers recycle and purchase SAVERS children clothes with the funds made and use their fashion and sewing skills to sew patches and designs onto the clothing and in the end... donate them to a family shelter, time to give back to our community!


A 2017 High School Graduate from Canyon Springs. An accepted student to the fashion design major at FIDM Los Angeles for Autumn 2017

What is my goal?

My two goals for the 20% project is to further my sewing skills by applying designs on the thrift store clothing and to donate from 5-10 clothing, such as jackets, sweaters, and jeans to child cares or to a family center.

Why L E N E O N A D X?

I've teamed up with my peer, Arlene, to create a project that gives back to not just us, but to our community especially. Arlene has always wanted to recycle all her bottles and cans at home, but quite never had the chance to do so. I have always wanted to begin sewing and designing but couldn't find the time. Because my college dream now became a reality and I became a FIDM accepted student into the fashion design major, I would like to enter the campus in the autumn with a mindset of some understanding of the sewing concepts before being instructed the beginning steps.

The purpose of this project is to demonstrate teamwork that will be essential to after high school and create a project in these couple of weeks that will leave us taking in a breathe knowing we gave back to our city of Moreno Valley!

How are we documenting this project?

Arlene and I will be posting occasionally onto our blog posts and the Instagram account (@leneonadx) in order to allow viewers to see our growth from the project. For example, Arlene's increase in the recycling process and my effort and practicing in designing logos onto the clothing we will donate.

1-20-17: Blog #1

I put my blog together and began for searching patches on amazon to sew onto the denim jackets. I then looked up sewing tutorials to get an idea on what I can personally sew on the clothing.

1-27-17: Blog #2

My partner, Arlene and I, spoke to Miss Beaman to present our pitch and how our progress is going. She then led us to a new direction and gave us an idea on how we can approach the donations. She had suggested to ask our mentor if he knew any shelters willing to accept our clothing because Charles James worked with a plentiful in these years.

2-3-17: Blog #3

I got in touch with Charles James, who I have known since my freshman year and is the head of the Interact Club here at Canyon Springs regarding if he could be our mentor. He accepted and we informed him on what this project will consist of.

2-10-17: Blog #4

I began setting up dates with my partner on the days we will be meeting up with Charlie on the Thursdays he comes to Canyon for the Interact Club. I continued searching the patches on Amazon.

2-17-17: Blog #5

As an update, Charlie had given us a list of two shelters where they may accept our donations. I set up the instagram account @leneonadx and shared a video introduction on who me and my partner are and what our project will depict on to our followers. I also got in touch with my mentor Charlie thanking him and asking him to inform Miss Beaman he will be our mentor.

2-24-17: Blog #6

I got in contact with two shelters here in Riverside. The first one I called was in favor with our project and would accept our donations. However, upon looking at the inappropriate reviews previous guest left, Arlene and I decided to move onto the second shelter. Since no one was able to pick up, I left a voicemail and curently waiting for a callback.

We both agreed to recycle the cans on our own time next week because my work schedule and Arlene's swim schedule did not match. We will both be doing our group pitch to the panel next Thursday and inform each other how much money we raised up on our first recycle run. To end the day, we posted a video of my call to the first shelter up on our Instagram page.

3-3-17: Blog #7

Over the break, I continued my recycling and began bagging them up all in preparation for my donation trip with Arlene. In fact, my patches were able to come in and all that is left before sewing them and putting them together is, purchasing the denim jackets.

3-10-17: Blog #7

My partner and I did not receive any feedback from the panel. As for my partner's and I spring break plans, we will both be going after the break. Our progress has been in fact uploaded on our Instagram page. Unfortunately, the patches order that arrived was not the correct set I ordered. However, I was able to contact customer service and they were able to fix the situation.

3-17-17: Blog #8

As for this time, the correct patches finally arrived, all 24! Arlene and I scheduled a day to go next week and we will be recycling all the cans we have in these weeks progress. We then posted up a selfie up on Instagram to inform our viewers when the video will be posted. We also informed Miss Lori LaCasse our progress as of now and we will be volunteering at the family center within the shelter.

4-14-17: Blog #9

As an update, Arlene and I have continued to fill up more large black containers with bottles and cans. We have not yet gone to recycle them for the reason I have work and she has swim practices and games. When I have a day off, she has practice and when she has a free day, I have work. I will be talking with my manager on having a day off next week to go and recycle with Arlene, a day that matches her schedule. That way, all that will be left before putting the jackets together is to get the clothing. In fact, Miss Lori LaCasse spoke to the managers in the shelter and they were very much on board!

As for my symposium, I plan on showcasing my project through chromebooks for each student that goes into our booth, they will have our project on their hands. I plan to edit a copy of this presentation and add different text boxes to appear as a clean, formal, and visual presentation. Through this, students will see how "LENE ON ADX" is.

4-28-17: Blog #10

The symposium presentation went absolutely amazing. Feedback from students were all positive. From saying we are enthusiastic, to an iconic duo with a creative and fashionable idea, LENE ON ADX has made a positive impact on the youth. Thus, achieving one of our goals, to inspire teens to use one's creativity and creating something more.

As for our next steps, Arlene and I plan to continue recycling this week because I have a free working schedule. Next week, we will be visiting the Path of Life Shelter to get an idea on how we can donate and what we can do to volunteer. And finally, add on the patches to the denim, and donate them in the end.

5-5-17: Blog #11

To start off the month, I submitted a Volunteer Application to the Path of Life shelter in Riverside in order to begin visiting staring next week with my partner, Arlene. Next week, I will get a date on when I may visit the shelter and get an idea on how it works.


Created with images by CastawayVintage - "jackets 235 copy" • WordRidden - "Sewing bee" • saibo - "lips smoke female" • MabelAmber - "denim fabric jacket" • miapowterr - "dad mom love" • Living_Lighter - "trash trash cans can" • gothick_matt - "Recycling 1"

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