This holiday season, the Salon Success Academy student ambassadors continued their tradition of helping needy families in the local community. Throughout the month of December, the ambassadors at each campus coordinated ways to raise money for the designated charity. Their efforts were so successful they raised nearly $5,000 and were able to donate to a second charity.
When the ambassadors met to decide which charity to donate to this year, Amber Byers, an ambassador from the Redlands campus, told them about the Family Services Association of Redlands, an organization that helps low-income and homeless families. Amber had used their services after giving birth to her son, Red, in 2009.
“They helped find me with an apartment and get back on my feet after I had my son. It’s a great resource for single mothers,” Amber said.
Once the ambassadors decided upon donating to the Family Services Association of Redlands, they started coordinating fundraising efforts at each of their own campuses in order to raise money to make holiday food baskets for the families. They did everything from bake sales, to selling raffle tickets, to asking for donations, to collecting toys for the children. The ambassadors’ hard work paid off. They surpassed their fundraising goal, raising nearly $5,000.
Miss Christina then took the ambassadors shopping to purchase items that were needed for the food baskets. They bought items such as flour, sugar, gift certificates to buy a turkey or a ham, stuffing, hot chocolate, oranges, and other items. The next day, all of the ambassadors gathered at the Salon Success Upland Campus to put the baskets together. When workers from the Family Services Association of Redlands came to pick up the baskets at the end of the day, the ambassadors had created 25 holiday food baskets that would be given to needy families in the Redlands community.
With the extra money the student ambassadors raised, it was decided they would donate to a second charity, Operation Safehouse in Riverside, a shelter that helps homeless teens. Corona ambassador, Jessica Skibeo, knew about the home from volunteering there. The extra money was used to donate $100 per teen in the home that could be used for gifts, clothes, and other necessities. The ambassadors also plan on going to the shelter to give the teens free makeovers next month.
The Student Ambassador program is one of the only programs of its kind in the beauty school industry. It’s a group of only the most outstanding students at Salon Success, who are in leaders in their school and in their local community. The ambassadors help with new student orientations, charity events, and other school projects. If you’re a Salon Success Academies student and would like to audition to become a new Student Ambassador, please contact Ms. Susan or Ms. Christina.
Cosmetology students at the Upland Campus got in the holiday spirit with a Christmas Competition. The first place winner was Casey Fraijo, who stylied her model, Sarah Rae, to look like the Grinch. Casey won a big bag full of goodies for styling the winning look!
To celebrate Thanksgiving, cosmetology students from the Salon Success Redlands Campus particpated in an 'Around the World' competition. The students styled their model to represent a country and a particular culture. The winning look was the Native American princess. Both stylist and model won a basket that included a Day of beauty, Matrix products, and a free dress pass.
About Salon Success Academies
Salon Success Academy offers five locations in California's Inland Empire, in Redlands, Fontana, Upland, San Bernardino, and Corona. Our mission at SSA involves caring for every student as a member of our family, furnishing the chance to finish their educational objectives as affordably as possible. SSA incorporates first-hand, real-world practice of the principles of cosmetology, skin care, and nail artistry. The campus teams with members of the beauty industry to educate our graduates on the technical and customer service skills they need to succeed in their careers.
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