Bernie Koch from Appearances Salon, Springfield, Illinois came to us with the great idea of coordinating hair salons with classes in grooming techniques, proper clothing options and confidence building for middle school-aged girls. We began this program in 2014 working hand-in-hand with Appearances Salon and eventually adding Willow and Birch and KM Hairworks, in Springfield, Illinois. Shaking hands with purpose and direct eye contact is practiced in every session, along with basic skills for navigating life. At the end of the program, Share the Spirit celebrates the accomplishments of the girls by providing a luncheon and a chance for each participant to try out their new skills.
Since that time, Colorado has found their “Looking Glass Project” and has partnered with Girls on the Run in Granada, CO. This nation-wide program inspires girls from 3rd to 8th grade in an after-school program designed to help develop team work, healthy relationships and confidence in themselves. Physical activity is woven into the program to build good fitness habits, culminating in a 5K noncompetitive event. Share the Spirit celebrates these girls' accomplishments by rewarding them new running shoes.