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Girls Glam Empowerment Weekend Grows to Include Young Men Sponsored by Lane Staffing

Franklin Beauty School and the National Empowerment Group, Inc.
Open Registration and Donor Solicitation to Manage Growth of Girls Glam
Back to School Empowerment Weekend and College Scholarship Program

HOUSTON (July 24, 2012) – Today, Franklin Beauty School and the National Empowerment Group, Inc. announced that its 3rd Annual Girls Glam Back to School Empowerment Weekend (Girls Glam 2012) will be heldon Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, just prior to the start of school for most districts. Sponsored by Lane Staffing, Girls Glam 2012 will be hosted at Franklin Beauty School, 4965 Martin Luther King Drive, Houston, TX 77021. Girls Glam 2012 is free and open to girls ages 7 to 17. This year, the event also offers haircuts for boys ages 7 to 17. Additionally, free immunizations will be available onsite to school age children. More than 600 students are anticipated to participate. Registration opened July 16, 2012, and is available online atwww.nationalempowermentgroup.org or at Franklin Beauty School on Martin Luther King Drive.

Franklin Beauty School, under the leadership of owners Ron Jemison Jr. and Sean Jemison, has been in the Houston community for more than 90 years and involved with Girls Glam since its inception. “We are hosting this event not only to give the girls some style before returning to school, but also to connect with them individually and collectively as a group of students who deserve to look and feel their best. Since keeping your hair groomed boosts self-esteem and confidence, we decided the best way to give back to our community was to connect with the students by sharing our gift with them,” said Ron Jemison Jr. “This year, we’re growing to include young men because a well-groomed young man not only feels good about himself, but he sends a positive message to the public.”

Wendy Johnson, PhD (Dr. Wendy), founder and president of the National Empowerment Group, Inc., a 501(c)(3) corporation, created the event to offer free back-to-school empowerment workshops and hairstyles to high-risk, low-to-moderate income students as a means to bolster self-esteem, empower youth to strive for success, promote academic achievement and personal development. The workshops include the following topics: How to achieve academic excellence, Financial literacy, Entrepreneurship and Developing good study habits. The demographics of the areas served are primarily African-American and Latino. The hairstyles include shampoo styles, cornrow braids and haircuts for the boys.

Sponsorship is critical to the success of Girls Glam 2012. In order to continue to provide a free event to the participants, Franklin Beauty School and the National Empowerment Group, Inc. invite you to partner as sponsors of this exciting, empowerment weekend. The event served over 400 girls last year and participation is expected to exceed 500 participants. Sponsors are needed to underwrite beauty products, backpacks and school supplies, in addition to event incidentals, such as food, T-shirts and banners.

The event marks the kickoff of the National Empowerment Group’s signature program “Girls on the Move!®” an empowerment initiative focused on improving academics, refining leadership skills and increasing the number of girls that graduate from high school and enter college. Several qualifying students will receive college scholarships through the Girls on the Move!® program.

Girls Glam is an empowering way to start the school year,” said event creator Dr. Wendy. “We are excited about the Girls on the Move!® development program and the inclusion of young men this year.” Girls Glam was featured on ABC News; the video can be viewed by visiting: http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/video?id=7609172 .

For more information about Girls Glam or to become a sponsor, please call Dr. Wendy at 713-502-4795.

About National Empowerment Group, Inc.
The National Empowerment Group, Inc. is a human advocacy organization that provides ediucational, professional and personal development programs that help youth and adults reach their goals while providing social support. For more information, go to www.nationalempowermentgroup.org.

About Dr. Wendy
Dr. Wendy facilitates workshops, panel discussions, student orientations, and seminars. She creates youth and adult programs on a variety of topics detailed to the clients’ request. Dr. Wendy has over 20 years of academic development and business experience. Her formal education includes a BS in Accounting/ Economics, MBA and PhD in Administration and Management. She has received numerous awards for her civic and academic contributions and served as the local past president and board member of the National Black MBA Association.

About Franklin Beauty School
Franklin Beauty School was founded in 1915, when Madame N.A. Franklin started educating young women in the beauty industry on horse and buggy. Since that time, Franklin Beauty School has become a mega beauty institute that has trained thousands of men and women across the state, utilizing the latest technology and products. In 1935, Franklin Beauty School Inc. became the first licensed beauty facility in the state of Texas. Today, the school continues to expand to serve the public. Franklin Beauty School has opened a second location and several other ventures are on the horizon such as a hair and fashion magazine and hair studio. For more information, go towww.franklinbeautyschool.com.

About Ron Jr. and Sean Jemison
Ron Jr. and Sean have teamed up to launch J Pages Hair & Fashion Magazine, a publication that highlights their alumni’s success. Their students and graduates are always recognized in the community by their style and gifted talents. The students have many hair battle trophies as testament to their talent and skill level. Additionally, the Jemison family recently opened Franklin Beauty & Barber School located on the North West side of Houston.

About LaneStaffing, Inc.
LaneStaffing, Inc. is a privately held, Houston-based company with offices in Houston, Dallas/Ft Worth, and Port Arthur/Beaumont, Texas, and Orlando, Florida. A comprehensive human capital solutions provider, LaneStaffing is certified as a HUB by the Texas Land and Procurement Commission and nationally certified as a minority and woman-owned business. Widely respected as a diversity vendor, LaneStaffing is one of the largest minority owned staffing companies in the U.S. southern region and among Houston’s largest 50 minority firms as ranked by theHouston Business Journal. LaneStaffing offers a comprehensive suite of services, and recruits and places associates in a variety of industries and job classifications — from construction and light industrial to engineering and accounting. For additional details, visit www.lanestaffing.com.

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