Young Folks Strut Their Stuff at Sparkling Prom

Capernaum prom
Photo courtesy Liv Amend Steingart
Capernaum prom participant Tyler Penniall, with volunteers Stephanie Lough and Carter Newman-Milic, celebrated in style at the dinner and dance held recently at La Cañada Presbyterian Church.

To most average high schoolers, prom is the culmination of the school year, a time to make memories and cherish crushes.
But for anyone living with an intellectual or developmental disability, that time-honored tradition might never come, with the logistics of such celebrations growing more complicated by the year.
That’s why, for some 11 years, Greater Pasadena Young Life Capernaum has held a glittering prom called “Evening of Dreams” for young people with such disabilities, giving them the same opportunity to gather with peers and bask memorably in a true prom experience in a safe and loving environment. Continue reading “Young Folks Strut Their Stuff at Sparkling Prom”

Young Folks With Disabilities Strut Their Stuff at Sparkling Prom

“Evening of Dreams” prom
Photos courtesy Kyle Mickelson
Residents from all over the Greater Pasadena area attend Capernaum’s largest annual event of the year, the “Evening of Dreams” prom, including Rosella Rutt (front row, from left), Chloe Smith, Zachary West, Stephanie Lough and Erin Loo. Middle row: Amy Nielsen, Mary Fischer, Jonathan Klish, Carter Newman-Milic and Shirley Dostal. Back: Ben Sanders.

To most average high schoolers, prom is the culmination of the school year, a time to make memories and cherish crushes. But for anyone living with an intellectual or developmental disability, that time-honored tradition might never come, with the logistics of such celebrations growing more complicated by the year. Continue reading “Young Folks With Disabilities Strut Their Stuff at Sparkling Prom”