Cutting Loose Salon is partnering with Girls Inc. to help the 2013 Girl of the Year Shayla Brown launch her career in cosmetology. Shayla will be in the 11th grade at Sarasota High School and dual enrolled in the cosmetology program at SCTI, where she will spend half of her school day throughout her junior and senior year. While the school district covers tuition, fees and books for high school students in the program, all students must purchase their start-up supply kit, which in Shayla’s case is $600. The kit, valued at over $2,000, includes everything needed to learn and to begin working as a stylist upon completion of the program. Shayla’s family could not afford the kit. Shayla received a $100 scholarship through our Girls Inc investing program that can be used towards the cost of the kit. The staff of Cutting Loose Salon, a corporate partner of Girls Inc., are providing an additional scholarship to cover the remaining cost of Shayla’s kit.
“Shayla’s energy and passion are inspiring,” says Coral Pleas, founder and owner of Cutting Loose Salon. “Our staff is thrilled to work with her and we are so pleased to contribute to continuing her education.”
At the age of 13, Shayla knew she wanted to learn more about the cosmetology industry co-founding the “Ocean Breeze Salon and Spa” within the Dream Harbor City at Girls Inc. Shayla believed that the spa would thrive as a business at Girls Inc. Shayla was right and the spa remains a profitable business within Dream Harbor. Cutting Loose has actively worked with the spa to help the girls learn the various aspects of running a salon from customer service to menu offerings to techniques.
“When I contacted Cutting Loose, I was seeking information on professional organizations that might provide scholarships to which Shayla could apply, says Dawn Wiley, Director of the Girls Inc. High School Initiative. “When Coral called to say that her staff was all pitching in to provide a scholarship, I was stunned. In addition, they offered job shadowing and mentoring opportunities for Shayla throughout her schooling over the next two years. Shayla, her mother and the staff here at Girls Inc. appreciate the generosity and support that Cutting Loose is providing. They are investing in Shayla and her future.”
Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County is dedicated to “inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold” and fulfills its mission of empowering girls kindergarten through twelfth grade to be self-confident, responsible and well-rounded individuals by delivering research-based, age-appropriate, after-school and summer educational and sports programs. In the past two years, Girls Inc. has served over 2,000 girls at its facility and throughout the Sarasota County School System. Dedicated in 1976, Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County 38 years of service to our community. For more information about Girls Inc. contact Kay Mathers at 366-6646, ext. 207 or Kay@girlsincsrq.org.