“Give a person a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a person to fish and you feed them for a lifetime.”
Statistics show that fewer than 5% of graduates from beauty school programs are employed in that industry after graduation. Stone is looking to increase the odds for these graduates. She initially chose a group of 31 students that included 21 seniors and 10 juniors, to participate in a leadership program that ultimately enabled them to help train other students. This program went beyond the basics of their school’s curriculum, giving them advanced training and techniques that included creating PowerPoint presentations, theory, product knowledge and hands-on demonstrations. The students also met monthly with Stone to further their skills, and to give them the tools they will need to build their own businesses. Between the training and the products that she is offering her students at cost, Stone equates her efforts to providing approximately $384,000 worth of scholarship money. It is a program that is paying off. From this first group, 50% have guaranteed job offers after graduation, including one student who will be working for the prestigious José Eber Salon. The other half of the class will have the opportunity to work as representatives for Spa Source USA.
Through The Source Of Hope, Stone hopes to be able to continue training disadvantaged students and helping them become tomorrow’s business leaders. She says the program is growing, but to continue the outreach and help more people, funding sources are needed in order to take it to the next level.
Not only does The Source Of Hope help in the cosmetology field, but part of our mission is to help low-income individuals with food, housing, clothing, job placement, gas, and college scholarships.