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Make over your look with a TOP celebrity stylist and benefit a great cause at the same time!
PLUS, win a fantastic prize at our silent auction valued up to $1000! Prizes include high-end beauty and spa treatments, incredible health and wellness items, restaurants and much more!
100% of the proceeds support A Thousand Joys, a Los Angeles organization that helps disadvantaged kids reach their highest potential in school.
You’ve seen their work in print, TV, film and fashion runways and now you have the opportunity to get a new cut or blow-dry from one of these top Hollywood stylists! First come first served! Just be in the door by 4pm! Minimum suggested donation: $50 for a haircut, $25 for a blow-dry.
Please come out, support and bring friends and family!
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High-End Stylists Seek to Cut Stress and Trauma from the Lives of L.A. Children
Want to get coiffed for a cause?
The stylists at Cush Salon in Beverly Hills are offering makeovers March 3 for donations to help at-risk children overcome obstacles and reach their full potential.
Starting at 10 a.m., the Cush crew will provide anyone walking through their door with a cut or blow-dry and donate any cash received to A Thousand Joys. The nonprofit works with Los Angeles schools, helping students deal with trauma and stress and reach academic success.
The salon, whose work has been featured in film, television and fashion runways, also will offer prizes valued at up to $1,000 each at silent auction, including high-end beauty and spa treatments, health and wellness items, and vouchers for some of L.A.’s finest restaurants, among other things. Those who want a makeover or to take part in the silent auction simply need to be in the door by 4 p.m.
Research has shown that the incidence of child abuse and domestic violence is higher in poorer, high-stress neighborhoods, where opportunities are limited. The trauma and stress these young people experience have serious, negative effects on their educational levels and future prospects. The sad reality is that when children are forced to focus on safety and survival, their academics are neglected and good grades are difficult, if not impossible, to achieve.
Promoting Academic Achievement
A Thousand Joys’ school-based program, Transform, empowers students in disadvantaged areas with practical tools to cope with the impact of their environments in a constructive way.
One such area is the Watts community, which has one the highest violent crime rates in Los Angeles, earning the neighborhood a safety score of 0.5 out of 10 according to LALife.com, a real-estate site that quantifies crime statistics. Los Angeles Times Mapping-LA statistics show almost half of the residents have a median household income of less than $20,000 a year, and 64 percent over the age of 25 have less than a high school diploma.
A Thousand Joys works with New Designs, a charter school in Watts that has no auditorium, gym or cafeteria, and where more than 90 percent of the students qualify for free breakfast and lunch.
The school’s administrator, Dr. Yaw Adutwum, said that while rigorous academics and the setting of high expectations help create the kind of learning environment that produces scholars and leaders, a child’s development of social, emotional and behavioral skills is equally important to success.
“The Transform program provides this critical piece,” Dr. Adutwum said, “and together we are equipping our students with the skills needed for a bright, successful future.”
Based on solid research and pilot-program testing, A Thousand Joys’ program uses techniques found in yoga, meditation and other healing methods to help the children stay calm, centered, focused and motivated; gain control of their bodies, minds and emotions; and increase their self-awareness, confidence and ability to set and realize goals.
“Transform has helped me with my anger and frustration,” one student says. “I used to get frustrated easily and got suspended a lot at school.”
Says another, “When I used to get upset, I felt like my chest was on fire. I had trouble focusing and felt out of control. When we learned the breathing exercises and I started using them when I was angry, it was like cool water moving down my chest. The things I learned in the program have helped me to calm myself down so I can make better decisions.”
Those decisions influence behaviors in the classroom as well. “Once I got in trouble with one of my teachers, so we talked outside the classroom,” a student says. “I was just listening to what he said. Usually I’d say something bad, but the A Thousand Joys program taught me how to handle things differently. And then the teacher told me I handled it maturely, like a grown man.”
What’s more, family relationships improve, another student says: “I have to use the breathing techniques a lot with my little brothers and sisters. They are annoying. Most of the time I listen to what they say and then just ignore them, or just leave. I also communicate better with my little brother. When I used to talk to him, he would get more angry and frustrated, but now I talk to him differently, and so he stays calm.”
Cush Salon is located at 171 South Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA, 90211. A donation of $25 for a blow-dry or $50 for a haircut and is suggested. One-hundred percent of the proceeds will go to A Thousand Joys. Donations also can be made online at www.athousandjoys.org. To contact the salon, call 310-360-7963. For A Thousand Joys, call 213-401-3999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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More about A Thousand Joys (ATJ):
ATJ was founded in 2006, with the mission to help individuals and organizations reach their highest potential. ATJ specializes in working with organizations that serve high-risk children and families.
Transform, ATJ’s empowerment program for schools, helps kids build resiliency so that they can cope with stress and trauma in a constructive, rather than a destructive, way. Based on solid research and pilot program testing, our techniques are both practical and therapeutic, inspired by yoga, meditation, rhythm and other healing modalities.
The focus is on the whole person, helping students gain control of their bodies, minds and emotions while increasing their self-awareness, confidence and ability to set and realize goals.
For more information about ATJ's school program go to: http://www.athousandjoys.org/programsservices/schoolbased.php