Eye want to take the time to honor one of our very own Texas native woman, who is taking the term “giving back to your communities” to heart. Chelsia Renee, a 26 year old mother and day hairstylist with an entrepreneurial spirit, is putting in endless hours to create change for young ladies in the Dallas, Fort-Worth area. Although she was born here in Ft. Worth, her mother decided to move to Marlin, Texas to begin a new life, where she met Chelsia’s father. After growing up a bit she noticed that father was always on the lookout for ways and opportunities for betterment, and because of this, her family moved around a lot. DFW is where she has been stationed the longest, and she’s making some serious strides in her communities that we can’t help but to honor.
During the day you can find her at the Chelsia Renee Hair Studio at Good Hair Day Salon, located in Duncanville on the south side of Cedar Ridge, in suite 259. Because Chelsia prides herself on women empowerment and self-love, she considers herself a Natural Hair Stylist. Meaning, she has the ability to transform your natural hair into a style all its own, that you are bound to love! She does however, provide protective styles for those interested. When not at the salon, Chelsia is putting in real work in her local community. She is the founder of Dallas’ own, Girls That Reach & Teach, where they support, educate, assist and empower young ladies and women to continue the legacy in making a difference in our communities. Girls That Reach & Teach (GTRT) speaks on the importance of mental health and creating healthy opportunities for progression and perseverance.
We reached out to Chelsia to sit down with her for a one on one, just to pick her brain a bit and get more information on the wonderful things she’s accomplishing within the community. Here are some Q&A’s from her interview with us.
Empire of Gems (EOG): “Do you think you got your entrepreneurial spirit from your folks?”
Chelsia Renee (CR): “So here’s the thing… until I met another part of my family that I never knew growing up and then realized ‘ahhhh, that’s where it came from’. … Plus I know it’s some ancestral isshh too.”
EOG: “Eye see you spend your days doing hair, so what makes you different than any other hairstylist out here doing it?”
CR: “There are times I feel extremely centered and connected, so I use those moments to still operate in purpose. Many of my clients leave and text saying how something I said has touched them, or they are now aware of something that they weren’t before they came in. I don’t try to be like any other stylist. I know my lane and I stay in it.”
EOG: “Eye noticed you have a non-profit organization here in DFW, what made you venture towards nonprofit?”
CR: “So many things. … The things I experienced growing up. I had great parents who instilled great things in me but, I didn’t always do what I was told and ended up in some unfortunate situations. As I grew older I paid close attention to the women in my family and I felt a responsibility to change some things. .. I sat on the vision for years and when I birthed my daughter Ayla Irie – Girls That Reach & Teach became a PRIORITY!”
EOG: “What inspired the name ‘Girls That Reach & Teach’?”
CR: “Well first, I WAS THAT! I was the girl who wanted more. It reflected my life, who I was, who I AM, and my purpose here in this life. The ‘Reach’ part represents learning, growing, evolving, and overcoming; while the ‘Teach’ part represents passing the baton to others”
EOG: “What do you hope to achieve with GTRT?”
CR: “I hope that through GTRT people are reminded of their purpose, I hope they know that they were created in divine order and with an assignment that only THEY can carry out. I hope that GTRT can serve as a reminder to people that they are more than what this world says they are and once they know it… they too will become a reminder to someone else who may need to be reminded.”
EOG: “Does GTRT offer any programs or extra-curricular activities to help keep young women on the right path?”
CR: “As of now we offer after school programs to provide ‘outreach’ INSIDE the school walls. We also host community events for the girls.”
EOG: “If someone wants to get involved with Girls That Reach & Teach, where do they start?”
CR: “Don’t hesitate to reach out. The easiest way to get in touch with a GTRT team member is through email at firstname.lastname@example.org you can also reach us at GTRTOutreach on Instagram and Facebook.”
EOG: “Before we go, earlier you stated that your ‘after school programs provide “outreach” INSIDE the schools’, how exactly does GTRT achieve this?”
CR: “Often times people associate “outreach” with community work… Outreach is an activity of providing services to any populations who might not otherwise have access to those services. So we take it INSIDE the schools. There were things I wished I could’ve learned about life while in school, those vital moments that mold us ‘in life’, we provide a space for the kids to talk about.”
EOG: “And if you could say one thing about the after school program, what would it be?”
CB: “Authentic. Raw. Necessary. If I could offer it to every child around the world I would.”
There you have it ladies and gentlemen (and everyone else in between J ) , one of Dallas’ very own making big changes in her community. Girls That Reach & Teach is headquartered in Mesquite, and the team is working diligently towards purchasing a building to provide even more opportunities. Being from the DFW myself, it is an honor to present and bring light to a Texas Girl. Especially one working towards breaking generational curses, and building generational wealth. Eye encourage everyone to go follow this Queen and her movement on social media. For those wanting to help or looking for a way to be a PART of change, you can help these young girls by donating to the Girls That Reach & Teach Outreach Programs, at the following resources.
Cash App @ $gtrtoutreach
PayPal @ email@example.com
Checks can be made out to Girls That Reach & Teach.
Girls That Reach & Teach is also in search of a company/business to partner with where GTRT can host their events more consistently. If this is a way you can give back, please don’t hesitate to contact Chelsia Renee.
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