Vacancies are available at the Stylebrity Beauty & Beyond Summer Camp which targets at risk youth.
WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter has details, and how you can get involved.
By legal definition, an at-risk youth is 18-years old or younger.
They’ve been described as behaviorally out of control; risking their health, safety, and welfare.
Janice Meredith is offering an alternative with her summer youth camp.
“First of all, for the summer we all know the kids are not in school; so therefore they’re not engaged,” camp director Janice Meredith said. “We want to take the opportunity to engage the youth in something positive, in something productive; whereas most of them know if they’re not engaged they’re at home either sleeping all day or on social media all day or pretty much have nothing to do,” Meredith said.
For the past four years, females who’ve attended the summer youth camp have learned life skills, like anger management, conflict resolution, and pregnancy prevention to name a few.
But special attention is directed to teenage mothers.
The message is, being a teen mom does not define who you are, or who you can become.
“We’re trying to bring some awareness and some consciousness to these teens to let them know you can change the fabric of your family,” Meredith explains. “You don’t have to follow in your mother’s footsteps or grandmother’s footsteps.”
Jireail Hilton was pregnant with her son Jordan at age 16.
She admits being on the fast track to becoming a high school drop-out.
Hilton remembers suffering deep depression, failing grades, and overwhelming hopelessness.
That was until she met Janice Meredith and became a part of her summer camp.
“Ms. Janice just basically taught me a lot and one of them was how to manage my time,” Hilton said.
Previous groups of young women enjoyed college tours; and at Meredith’s full service hair salon, Simply Divine, located at 306 South Broad Avenue, they learned the Beauty & Fashion Industry.
And they got paid. But it’s not all fun and games.
“I require a lot from them,” Meredith said.
Meredith makes no bones about offering tough motherly love, and direction that will last a lifetime.
“I feel like that’s my calling,” Meredith beamed. “It’s what I love to do, it’s my passion and I feel great about it.”
The Stylebrity Beauty & Beyond Summer Youth Camp still has openings for this summer’s July 1st start date.
There’s an application process.
Organizers are also looking for mentors and volunteers who work in the hair and beauty industry.
For more information, visit the camp’s website at http://www.stylebrityyouthcamp.org