Kinds four Kidz is a non-profit group primarily based in Chicago that helps “transracial” households look after and elegance the hair of their children. Whether or not the mother and father have adopted children with pure ethnic hair or have given delivery to bi-racial youngsters, this group helps deliver households collectively by means of hair!
The founder and director, Tamekia Swint, began her firm again in 2010 with solely three shoppers and has since helped greater than 500 households throughout the nation.
BET spoke to Tamekia about her mission with Kinds four Kidz.
Tamekia says, “We’re dedicated to offering high quality hair care schooling, assets, and companies to households who’re transracially adopting or fostering African-American youngsters. We serve the youngsters who’ve very particular wants on this group in addition to biracial youngsters, youngsters in group houses and the medically challenged. Our objective is to create a secure house the place youngsters and households do not feel judged for his or her lack of know-how about hair care. We additionally want to create a group of assist for these households by inviting African-American households to take part in our mission.”
Within the video under, Tamekia additionally explains that she noticed this as a possibility to empower the mother and father in one thing they’re not accustomed to by saying, “Hair is essential for African-American households as a result of your hair is your crown,” she explains. “Whenever you be ok with the way you look, that propels you into the world as a productive citizen.”
Kinds four Kidz non-profit consists of 4 applications: hands-on schooling and coaching workshops, which teaches women and men learn how to keep and elegance afro-textured hair. Their programs begin at rookies by means of superior relying in your expertise with a certificates given on the completion of the workshop.
There’s additionally a salon program the place you’ll be able to deliver your youngsters to get their hair achieved by stylists who specialise in pure ethnic hair. There’s additionally an app, In Your Metropolis, which is a cellular pop-up salon service the place consultants will journey to your metropolis to offer coaching.
S4K additionally has an on-location program, known as the “coronary heart and soul” of Type four Kidz, which companions positioned with foster and group house youngsters.
In Tamekia’s interview with the 60-Second Docs, she additionally stated, “I see a mother really feel like there’s no hope, right here at S4K she has an setting of assist.”
Dad and mom and caregivers of biracial youngsters are making strides with the assistance of this group and different assist teams. Just lately, Serena Williams’ husband, Alexis Ohanian, tweeted that he utilized to affix a number of pure hair teams on Fb with a purpose to discover ways to take higher care of their daughter Olympia’s hair.
“Our objective is to ask others to take part past the state of Illinois. Many households have reached out to us from everywhere in the U.S.” says Tamekia. “Our objective is to create a secure house in different areas the place households and kids can develop and be taught.”
Tamekia’s group wish to increase to assist extra households throughout the nation. If you want to make a donation, please click on right here.