By Jesse Muhammad
For African-American News&Issues
HOUSTON- Over 400 Houston boys and girls were treated like kings and queens at a historic institution in Third Ward. It would be an unforgettable experience that organizers hope set the tone for these young people to have a successful school year.
Franklin Beauty School and the National Empowerment Group, Inc. hosted the 3rd Annual Girls Glam Back to School Empowerment Weekend (Girls Glam 2012) on Sunday, August 26. Sponsored by LaneStaffing, Girls Glam 2012 was held at Franklin Beauty School-South, located on Martin Luther King Drive. Glam students and their parents started lining up outside the school at 7:00 a.m., an hour before the doors opened.
The past two years, Girls Glam Weekend has been free and open to only girls ages 7 to 17. This year, the event included and offered haircuts for boys. Supporters helped to underwrite beauty products, backpacks and school supplies, in addition to food, and T-shirts.
For over four hours, Franklin Beauty School students did shampoo styles, cornrow braids and haircuts. The children were all smiles as they left their chairs and stylist were just as excited to be a part giving back to the community. While getting their free makeovers, each participant was required to attend at least three empowerment workshops on networking, being a successful student, leadership, oral hygiene, entrepreneurship, life choices, self-confidence and more. Hard working volunteers made sure every child was serviced. [READ MORE]