The 2015 KHAIR Classic Fall Season began on Saturday, September 12, 2015. Thirteen participants between the ages of 13-17 began a twelve-week program that kicked off with a self-esteem workshop.
During the welcome session, two KHAIR alums from the 2015 spring season, Rae O’Hara-Millhouse and Christopher Lopez, were invited to speak to the new participants and explain how the program helped them. Rae shared that prior to the KHAIR program she would not have been comfortable speaking in a classroom setting or in public. Her experience with KHAIR helped her gain confidence and land a summer job in the tax assessor’s office for a local city. Christopher told how his experience with KHAIR helped him fulfill his desire to enlist in the military. He is scheduled to leave for basic training in the summer of 2016. KHAIR program manager Elvin Melendez said, “Our goal is to ensure that these young people succeed in all areas of life.”
KHAIR (pronounced “care”) serves at-risk youths by pairing them with hairstylists and barbers who commit to providing complimentary services. The program emphasizes one-on-one mentor/youth relationships combined with a range of individual and group activities, including self-concept and self-esteem building workshops. The program not only helps young people learn about grooming to improve their appearances, but also provides positive adult role models – successful business people who demonstrate healthy ways to relate to others.
For more information on our KHAIR program, please visit www.wekhair.org.