Cosmetology Students Bring Salon to Camp Diva
June 5, 2013 - Cosmetology students from Southeastern Technical College’s Swainsboro campus treated nine young girls to a day of comfort and creativity at Camp Diva, an event organized by the Emanuel County Junior Woman’s Club (JWC) and held on June 3 at the Sudie A. Fulford Community Learning Center in Swainsboro.
The girls painted and decorated picture frames and received manicures and pedicures from the cosmetology students, who set up a makeshift salon in a conference room, as part of Camp Diva.
“The purpose of Camp Diva is to help young girls feel good about themselves and to promote self-esteem,” said Erin Youmans, a member of the JWC.
Youmans, the Georgia Youth Science and Technology Centers coordinator at East Georgia State College, contacted Southeastern Tech once plans were set for the event.
“[STC Cosmetology instructor] Peggy Braswell said that she would gladly help with this event and said that this would be a wonderful way for her students to gain some field experience while helping give back to the community,” said Youmans.
Braswell had had students work in similar situations before and sees unique benefits in letting her classes work with varied groups, whether that’s nursing home residents, a school’s faculty or teenagers.
“Students not only gain practical experience, but they learn how to deal with different age customers,” said Braswell. “And I like to think it helps the students to think of others.”
Also helping with the camp were Miss Emanuel County, Kaidy English, and Miss Southeast Georgia’s Outstanding Teen, Caitlan Coleman, who spoke before the activities began and helped with the arts and crafts projects.
At the end of the two-hour event, the girls left with painted nails and painted frames and organizers called the camp a “huge success.”
“Southeastern Tech did a great job with the pedicures and manicures,” said Youmans. “The goal was to make the girls feel empowered and good about themselves. They each left with a smile on their face so I felt that we accomplished our mission.”
Braswell shared that same opinion earlier in the day, smiling as her students chatted with the camp girls in their conference room salon.
“It’s community service at its best,” said Braswell.
For more information on cosmetology opportunities and events, visit www.southeasterntech.edu or call 912-538-3100 or 478-289-2200.