How 3 Organizations Came Together to Support Mckaila Wright


IMPACT Community Action
IMPACT Community Action’s mission is to reduce poverty by providing hope-inspiring help and real opportunities for self-sufficiency.

Dress for Success
The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Proteam Solutions Inc. (PSI)
PSI is a business technology solutions firm that connects people, process and technology to accelerate the success of our clients, our people and our community.

Mckaila Wright is a young woman whose early years were filled with challenging circumstances. She left high school to help with family obligations—filling her future with uncertainty and hopelessness.

As part of their youth empowerment services, IMPACT provides paid work experience opportunities to youth in Franklin County. PSI helps IMPACT achieve their mission by providing critical back office functions to support their youth program.

In early 2019, Mckaila reached out to IMPACT for help and was selected to be an intern at Dress for Success. PSI Vice President of Business Process Optimization, Tracy Stearns, also serves as a Dress for Success volunteer.

Tracy and Mckaila met at IMPACT. “I was very impressed with Mckaila’s positive attitude, drive to succeed professionally and desire to enhance her life” said Stearns. “I knew immediately that with the right tools and support she would do great things with her life and I wanted to help.”

As an intern at Dress for Success, Mckaila has learned many key professional skills such as inventory management, project management and technical proficiencies. She credits IMPACT, Dress for Success, and PSI with helping her gain a set of soft skills that will help her throughout her career and her life including:

  • Responsibility
  • Self-sufficiency
  • Time management
  • Budgeting
  • Perseverance
  • Professionalism

She has also learned the importance of a LinkedIn Profile and is working with her mentors at all three organizations to build one that showcases her new skills and accomplishments.

Mckaila Wright has big dreams and the future looks bright. She is currently attending Focus Learning Academy to complete her high school education and earn her diploma. After that, she plans to attend Columbus State Community College to pursue a career in Human Resources or Nursing. “I really like to help people and find solutions to problems,” said Wright. “I also want to give back by helping young people in my community. I hope that by sharing my story and letting them know help is available they will see a brighter future is possible.”

When asked about her thoughts on the future, Wright’s answer was quick. “With all of these wonderful people supporting and encouraging me, I know I will succeed.” Stearns agrees “It is truly inspiring to see what can happen when individuals, non-profit organizations and companies work together to help our community thrive.”