Marcos de Niza DECA students open Teen Resource Center at sister-school Compadre Academy

Marcos de Niza DECA

A group of Marcos de Niza business and marketing students worked together to give back to students in their district by opening a teen resource center at their sister-school Compadre Academy.

Marcos DECA students have collected donations to stock and decorate a brand new Teen Resource Center called Compadre Closet to benefit students at Compadre Academy, located on Kyrene and Guadalupe roads. Marcos students collected supplies to fill the store, including clothing, school supplies and hygiene products, all available to Compadre students at no cost.

The store also includes a “dress for success board” with brochures on job search and interview tips that students can take as they prepare for the working world. The students have nicknamed the project Compadre Closet, brought to you by Marcos DECA from the Padres to our Compadres.

 “Our team of three amazing DECA students, Ava Christensen, Nina Marshall and Juliet Farr,   have worked hard to collect donations, purchase fixtures, set up the store, designed the promotional materials and decorate to bring this awesome free resource to our community,” said Heather Hunt-Castanon, Marcos DECA sponsor.

 Compadre Closet The Compadre Closet is an expansion of Threadz, a Tempe Teen Resource Center that provides clothing, shoes, hygiene items and school supplies to teenagers for school, internships, and job interviews. Threadz closets are currently located at Marcos de Niza and Tempe High School, and are open teenagers in Tempe Union, Tempe Elementary, and Kyrene School districts.

DECA is a global association of marketing students that encourages the development of business and leadership skills through academic conferences and competitions. The Marcos students involved in creating the Compadre Closet will be presenting their project at our State DECA competition in February to judges for industry.