Empire Beauty School in Chandler, AZ, welcomed US Attorney Diane Humetewa to speak about the fight against domestic abuse during the school’s grand re-opening. The students also hosted a Winter Carnival-themed hair competition during the event.
U.S Attorney for the District of Arizona Humetewa discussed Empire Education Group’s own nationwide domestic violence awareness program, Empire Gives Back.
“Statistics show that one out of three women suffers from domestic violence in her lifetime,” said U.S. Attorney Humetewa. “Empire Beauty School has it right; this is not just a law enforcement or domestic violence counselor’s problem. It is a community problem. With proper training to recognize abuse and to guide victims to help, future salon professionals can become invaluable partners in the fight against domestic abuse.”
Also in attendance at the school was Gayla Spenney, Shelter Supervisor for My Sister’s Place, and AACS Executive Director Jim Cox. The students of the Chandler school adopted My Sister’s Place of Phoenix. Residents and other clientele of the shelter will receive clothing, personal care items, fundraising, and free haircut services through Chandler’s Student Salon. Additionally, these individuals will also have the opportunity to participate in Empire’s educational efforts, offering residents support to attend any Empire Beauty School in the U.S. to pursue a rewarding career in cosmetology.
‘Empire’s core purpose is to create opportunities for people to improve their lives. The Empire Gives Back program is a way to make a positive improvement not only in our students’ lives, but also members of their community;” said Franklin K. Schoeneman, CEO and Chairman of Empire Education Group.
The Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence will lead the CUT IT OUT training sessions for the students at the Chandler School.