The Jockey Being Family Foundation, Ltd has partnered with Styles 4 Kidz to host a “Family Hair Affair” workshop to support multiracial foster and adoptive families, providing know-how in caring for their children’s textured hair. The event is also being made possible with the support of LMI Packaging, which is covering the cost of all the hair care kits.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday (April 29) at the UW-Parkside Sports & Activity Center.
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At the event, which is open to foster or adoptive families, participants will get a brief introduction to properly caring for their child’s textured hair. The event provides and encouraging atmosphere for parents to learn and ask questions and will deliver practical, hands-on training for parents to learn how to care for their child’s natural hair.
“Hair is important for African American kids because your hair is your crown,” said Tamekia Swint, Executive Director of Styles 4 Kidz. “When you feel good about how you look, that propels you into the world as a productive citizen. What it does for the self-esteem and confidence of the kids is just unbelievable. It’s amazing to see the transformation that takes place.”
Parents will receive instruction on several basic hairstyles and will learn which products to use and how to use them. They will learn to part hair with confidence, use a beader to add beads, make smoother ponytails and more.
“We’re always trying to find new and better ways to serve the foster and adoptive families who are doing so much for kids in our community,” said Jake McGhee, VP and chief philanthropy officer at Jockey. “The feedback we’ve received from people who have signed up is that this type of unique training is valuable and the type of support they are looking for on their journey together as a family.”
Following the workshop, all attendees will receive a complimentary lunch provided by Jockey Being Family and will have the opportunity to ask questions of the instructors.
All families attending will receive hair care kits containing combs, brushes and hair products. This, along with the instruction received at the workshop, will help ensure that families are well-equipped and have gained the confidence needed to care for their child’s hair upon completion of the event.
About Jockey Being Family
Jockey Being Family supports and strengthens adoptive families by providing funding to nonprofit organizations, enabling them to provide critical post-adoption services on both local and national levels, thereby helping adoptive families stay together, forever. The Foundation is celebrating its 17th year in existence and has provided over $9 million in funding to non-profit partners that has directly impacted over 350,000 families. To learn more, visit JockeyBeingFamily.com.
About Styles 4 Kidz
Styles 4 Kidz provides life-changing, high-quality education, resources, and services for kids with textured hair in biracial, transracial adoptive, and foster families. Over the last 13 years, Styles 4 Kidz has been committed to bridging the knowledge gap by educating parents on the connection between hair and culture and how to properly care for their children’s hair. Their goal is to create communities of people creating and celebrating hairstyles that boost kids’ self-esteem and self-image.