'Fashion Camp' Improves Young Girls' Self-Esteem

RENO, Nev. -- For many young girls, spending a week at the mall is a dream, but now it can be a reality thanks to Fashion Camp. It's a week-long summer program for young fashioniestas with a passion for style and design, but they'll learn much more than just clothes and make-up.


The girls at fashion camp have a jam-packed week full of events to help the girls hone their skills. As an introductory activity, they started making fashion inspiration boards. They cut out their favorite outfits and accessories from magazines to stir their imaginations.

"We say it's fashion camp to the girls to get them excited because they're into fashion, but it's really more about building their self-confidence, teaching them how to treat each other and not to succumb to peer pressure and a whole lot of etiquette training," Isha Casagrande, Fashion Camp director said.

From social skills, to budget-planning, to team-building, fashion campers are learning to how interact in an unfamiliar environment.

"Young women have so many negative outside influences when it comes to helping build who they're going to be when they grow up," Stephanie Herrera, parent said. "As a parent you want to encourage them to be strong, confident women."

Fashion serves more a tool for these girls to learn the true meaning of model behavior.

"At school, somebody's friend today, may not be the friend tomorrow, and you might be the it girl today and tomorrow you're not," Herrera said.

Peer pressure starts at an age as early as first grade, where friendships are fickle and superficial.

"I get sad when my friend does that to me," six-year-old Maddline Mintz said. "I always tell her it doesn't matter about clothes, it doesn't matter about that girliness, it just matters if you're nice."

Positive reinforcement is a lesson that is never too early to teach.

At Fashion Camp, they do something called the compliment cup, where each girl writes something nice about someone throughout the day. Those messages are read at the end of each class to help the girls feel good long after camp is over.

The camp is for kids ages 5-12 and sessions will go through July 27. Classes run from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

To sign your kids up for camp, visit the link attached below.

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