Calgary Cinderella Project


The mission of the Calgary Cinderella Project is to encourage the completion of high school education by assisting youth facing adversity with the celebration of their academic accomplishments. Our program is discreet and honours diversity and educational achievement, while making a student’s dream come true on their graduation day.


For many of our Cinderellas, the path to high school graduation has been a difficult one that we would like to reward and honour. The Calgary Cinderella Project exists to meet the growing need for Calgary’s grade 12 graduates to complete their high school requirements and attend their graduation celebration in the dress of their dreams, regardless of social or financial circumstance. We create an environment of respect so that each Cinderella can feel proud to participate in their graduation along with their peers. 


Our event, which has been held each spring since 2005, celebrates the achievements of aspiring graduates as we fit them for a graduation dress, accessories, and personal care items. Upon arrival, our Cinderellas are matched with two adult volunteer Godmothers who assist them through this magical process. We focus on getting to know the Cinderellas’ stories and discuss their plans for the future. With the encouragement and support of Godmothers, we hope to inspire our Cinderellas by letting them know that we believe in them!


From the time they arrive until the moment they leave, our Cinderellas are treated with compassion and kindness, and met with an experience they will not soon forget. We believe that graduation is a significant milestone that should be celebrated.


We are no longer accepting applications for Cinderella’s/Godmothers as our 2020 event has been cancelled due to the current COVID-19 situation. We look forward to our 2021 event. Please email cinderellagraduate [at] youthcentral [dot] com if you have any further questions.

We are no longer accepting applications for Cinderella’s/Godmothers as our 2020 event has been cancelled due to the current COVID-19 situation. We look forward to our 2021 event. Please email cinderellagodmother [at] youthcentral [dot] com if you have any further questions.


Due to the current situation surrounding COVID-19, we ask that any dress donations be kept in your possession until we decide to resume program operations. Once restrictions are lifted, we will welcome new and gently used long evening gowns, prom dresses, and bridal store style dresses in all sizes. We will not be accepting short dresses. Donations can be taken to one of the Martinizing by Stephen Cleaners locations listed below once notified. We appreciate your generosity, thank you for making someone’s dreams come true!  


Many of our supporters choose to give their time, while others choose to support the project financially. Your donation will go directly towards making this day magical for each of our Cinderellas. Donations are eligible for a tax receipt.


The Calgary Cinderella Project received a CBE Lighthouse Award for making students, who are facing adversity, feel special and respected on their graduation days.

For almost 15 years, the Calgary Cinderella Project has dressed students in beautiful gowns and accessories that make their graduation day the special event it deserves to be. The generosity and commitment of its volunteers have turned more than 3,000 students’ academic milestone into a memory they will always carry.

What the Calgary Cinderella Project does is so much more than providing graduation finery. Led by a dedicated core group of volunteers they apply their professional expertise to create a safe and beautiful mental and physical space. This core group has poured time, thought and themselves into the project.