“I have learned that the key to solving problems, much like the process of upcycling, is about being innovative with the resources you already have.”
In 2014, Dillon Eisman toured the Los Angeles LGBT Center for Homeless Youth and was inspired to start upcycling clothes for young people without access to new clothing for work or school. Dillon went on to found Sew Swag, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization creatively reusing donated apparel for the homeless youth population in the greater Los Angeles area. So far, Dillon has received thousands of dollars’ worth of clothing from individual contributions, non-profit organizations, and corporations like Brandy Melville, Hollister, and Abercrombie & Fitch. Thousands of homeless individuals have received clothing and Dillon is currently developing workshops to train other teens in sewing and upcycling. Dillon was featured on NBC’s #Pride30 List for LGBT Innovators, Changemakers, and Rising Stars and is also the founding President of the Gay-Straight Alliance at his high school, where he has served as class president for three consecutive years.