Pictured from left to right: Aisha Styles Walker, president of The Walker Foundation, and Tyrelle Walker, who oversees The Walker Foundation and is Aisha’s husband.

By Simone Garza, The Community Voice

The Walker Foundation is looking for volunteers to participate in their first Kids Hair Fair. 

This event, which will take place on Aug.20, will provide hairstyling services for children who are in foster or adoption care, have medical hair loss, traumatic brain injury, homelessness, and disabilities.

Volunteers needed are cosmetologists, braiders and barbers. Two speakers will discuss hair and skin confidence to the children.

Aisha Styles Walker, president of The Walker Foundation, said the nonprofit organization is based in the hair and beauty industry, beginning with children experiencing medical hair loss and expanded to include children with disabilities and needs.

Walker said the main goal of the event is to focus on the youth’s self-confidence by reminding them who they are. 

“The majority of these kids are African American, and many of them are being adopted by other races. So sometimes they can have identity issues,” Walker said.

Educating parents in the community about their children’s needs will be highlighted.

Walker said a new hairstylist has joined their team who will teach parents how to braid and style their children’s hair. 

Other classes The Walker Foundation plans to teach in the future are skincare and identity.

Transportation services are available for children whose parents are unable to take their children to the fair. 

The Walker Foundation believes their event is the first of its kind.

“We’re so unique because we actually zero down and focus on the children that really cannot get access to the services that others can normally get,” she said.

Walker Foundation uses the slogan “We help you wear your crown proudly and with confidence,” to give reassurance for children to embrace their own beauty. 

Walker said she wants the children to be proud of themselves and to just walk out into the world with confidence and be proud of who they are.

A fundraiser is posted on their website to help cover expenses on hair products, activities and food. 

For those interested to volunteer for The Walker Foundation follow this link:

http://www.thebeautyempires.com/volunteer/

Simone Garza

Simone Garza is a reporter in our Kansas City office. In addition to general reporting on Kansas City’s African-American community, she reports on economic inclusion for the African American community....