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SEVEN Salon teamed up with YWCA's GirlsFirst Program to give mentees an opportunity to pamper their moms and mentors for their #sevenMOMentsofbeauty campaign. (Photo credit: SEVEN salon_

Celebrating Mentors & Moms for Mother's Day

There is Mother's Day for Moms. Father's Day for Dads. But there isn't a specific holiday to celebrate mentors who impact lives as well.
SEVEN Salon recognized this and was inspired to do something about it this year.
"We wanted to create a Mother's Day campaign that celebrated the beauty of all women - whether it's your friend, mentor, sister - and of course your mom," said Christina Calvert, the salon's operations director.
Fusing the campaign, #sevenMOMentsofbeauty, with one of the city's influential youth programs, they were able to create an opportunity for young girls in the YWCA's GirlsFirst Program to take their mom or mentor out for a night of pampering.
Twenty girls and their guests received complimentary hair services including haircuts, colors and express facials from Skoah for a night they won't soon forget.
"It means a lot!" said 10th grade Jennifer, a 10th grader when asked how it felt to be able to give her mom this experience. "She gives everything to us and we don't rally get to give back. Giving her this has been amazing."
Jennifer is one of the young girls who is enrolled in YWCA's project. GirlsFirst is a yearlong intensive leadership program that starts the summer before freshman year. After completing, they are able to continue with tutoring, mentorship and college prep through high school.
"GirlsFirst is a leadership development program for young girls of color in the Seattle area and King County," said YWCA's Program Coordinator Margie Haywood explained. "The goal is to make sure their exposed to opportunities."
The partnership between SEVEN salon and the YWCA was a no-brainer, as they share similar thoughts when it comes to community outreach.
"The inspiration behind #sevenMOMentsofbeauty is we wanted to do something for the mentees from the GirlsFirst program," Calvert said. "Women receiving support from the YWCA overcome challenges including homelessness, poverty or domestic violence. Taking a trip to the salon is a small luxury that can really boost their confidence and bring joy to their day."
10th grader Loleema was grateful for be able to pamper one of the people who inspired her most. "I wanted to show how thankful I am," she said.
With such a response, perhaps 'Mentor Day' will be a holiday trend in future calendars.