Capstone Group Collecting Jeans for Teens

A senior capstone group is working to make sure homeless youth in Dayton have the opportunity to own something many teens may take for granted - a pair of jeans.

Rachael Gilliam, TJ Mills and Elizabeth Perry  are collecting new or gently used pair of jeans throughout the month of February in correlation with a national campaign called, "Teens for Jeans."

"Teen homelessness is important to us because we are teens ourselves and it's hard to think of someone our age who is homeless," said the group. "We thought collecting jeans for teens would be a good opportunity to help our community in need."

"I had never heard about a project like this before I think it's out of the box," added the group's mentor, Marcus Colvin. "It is a national brand awareness which makes it cool as well."

According to the national campaign's website,, "Over a million young people experience homelessness in the U.S. every year. One item they often request? A pair of jeans."

"We are collecting jeans of any size, any color, and giving them to the teens at Daybreak," the group explained.

"The group's goal is get around 200 jeans," Colvin noted. "I'm impressed that the group is genuinely invested in this.”

Students wishing to contribute jeans to the campaign can drop off their jeans to Mr. Colvin in Room 151.