Featuring Kandi Burruss, Kwanza Hall, and More!
Friday, April 29, 2016
Center of Hope, Atlanta, Georgia
I've been wanting to do more volunteer work so I came on as a chaperone and session monitor. However, the inner blogger in me decided to share this experience as an attempt to spread the word about the Gocha Illumination Foundation (GIF).
So here ya go!
Over 40 girls between the ages of 13 to 17 participated in a star studded lock in from 8pm Friday night to 7am Saturday morning including celebrities, industry socialites and professionals, entertainment, mentoring sessions, food, fun, hair-do's, movies, and girl talk.
And although I didn't stay for the entire lock-in, I was there from 7pm Friday, until 1 am Saturday. I would have stayed longer, but the way my Saturday was set up, It was a mission impossible.
Throughout the night selfies and social media updates were encouraged!
The girls seemed pretty comfortable with me. One girl said "Omg, why your butt so big, you pretty too tho, but your butt is biiig", lol. They also said I was the "Cool" chaperone :)
The participation throughout the conversations and mentoring sessions actually surprised me. The girls were more active than I thought they would be.
We talked about self esteem, problem solving, vison boards, boys, bullies, the future, beauty, and more. The main thing I talked to them about was self esteem, being their own kind of beautiful, and not trying to adhere to societies beauty standards. I shared with them how I was a late bloomer when it comes to girl stuff like beauty enhancements. I didn't start wearing lipstick until about 2 years ago. I was always a clear lip gloss kind of girl. lol. I later discovered I liked color more than I thought.
R&B Singer and Reality Star Kandi Burruss came and had a nice Q&A session with the participants.
Afterwards she introduced the girl group Glamour, who did an awesome job with their performance. Shortly thereafter we all took selfies for social media ( Behind Me: Kandi Burruss, Gocha Hawkins, and the participants). Check us out on the video Kandi posted on her Instagram.
Kandi looks good and is a sweetie! That shirt she had on from her Tagged Boutique was everything!
I was fortunate enough to get a GIF bag filled with hair products!
When I got home I opened my bag asap! I had flat irons, curl enhancers, edge control, a t-shirt and more!
Big ups to Celebrity Hairstylist Gocha Hawkins, owner of the Gocha Salon and Gocha Illumination for her community service and attention to others! Make sure you check the organization out and support in any way possible.