Learning & Lipstick Event To Promote Education Equity Awareness

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Winward Academy and Katherine Cosmetics give the gift of education to Barrio Logan College Institute

Group of students from various local schools enjoying the evening's activities

By donating to programs like BLCI, we provide quality educational resources to all deserving students - regardless of their families’ financial resources.-Jennifer Winward, Ph.D., Founder of Winward Academy

The first annual Learning & Lipstick event for education equity was a tremendous success. Held December 6, 2017 at the Katherine Cosmetics flagship store in Flower Hill Promenade, event attendees enjoyed makeovers, music, and mini-lessons in math and grammar. Sponsored by two San Diego based companies, Winward Academy and Katherine Cosmetics, the fundraising event benefited Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI) and its renowned education programs.

“The first annual Learning & Lipstick event symbolizes the merging of two industries – beauty and education – that typically aren’t seen working together,” shared Annie Finch, Founder and CEO of Katherine Cosmetics. “But what’s exciting about our partnership with Winward Academy is our shared commitment to instilling the same values in youth: confidence, strength, and courage.”

Barrio Logan College Institute was personally selected as the sponsored charity by Dr. Jennifer Winward, founder and CEO of Winward Academy, because of BLCI’s mission to give all students access to higher education by breaking the cycle of poverty and preparing underserved students to graduate as first-generation college students.
Winward Academy, widely considered the nation’s leading innovator in the education space, honors its philanthropic mission by partnering with schools and foundations around the country to provide educational resources to underserved students. Dr. Winward commented, “resources like Winward Academy give students a tremendous advantage in their performance on standardized tests, in math class, and for college applications. I am wholeheartedly committed to ensuring all students have that same opportunity to grow in their knowledge and confidence. By donating to programs like BLCI, we provide quality educational resources to all deserving students - regardless of their families’ financial resources.”

Winward Academy donated access to its educational platform to all BLCI juniors. “I am thrilled with the academic opportunity made available to our students through the generosity of Winward Academy. Our juniors will now have the ability to study and review any and all college entrance exam topics, opening many more college doors than they would have had otherwise,” shared Barbara Chavez Ybarra, Chief Advancement Officer of BLCI.

Capturing the excitement of the night was Anastasia, who is an 11th grader with the Outside the Lens Youth Council, another San Diego program whose students benefit from Winward Academy access. She photographed the smiles of the night when all the BLCI students received a Katherine Cosmetics Giving Back makeup palette to take home with them. Katherine Cosmetics also donated $500 to BLCI to further education and promote confidence in future generations. “I feel smarter and more confident because of the support of Winward Academy and Katherine Cosmetics,” said BLCI junior Jocelyn Rodriguez of Serra High School. “We can’t wait for next year!”

About Winward Academy
Winward Academy – a nationally recognized tutoring platform providing personalized ACT, SAT, and math courses – combines an interactive teaching approach with on-demand video lessons to create tailored learning programs for students and for life-long learners. As part of Winward Academy’s commitment to accessibility, we partner with schools and foundations around the country to provide these same educational resources to underserved students.

About Katherine Cosmetics
Katherine Cosmetics is a beauty company that aims to join natural beauty products (no animal testing, gluten, or parabens) with positive, inspirational messages to celebrate #katherinegirls and #katherineguys who are kind, love to learn, enjoy life, and make a difference.

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