To build a diverse community of people creating and celebrating hairstyles that boost kids' self-esteem and cultural pride.
To provide high-quality, compassionate hair care education and services for kids with textured hair in foster care and transracial adoptive or biracial families.
Tamekia Swint, founded Styles For Girlz, NFP in 2010 after teaching a hair braiding class on a Missions Trip to Poland to a group of students at an English Language learning camp. Upon her return to the United States, she was introduced to a transracial adoptive mom, who was in need of affordable, hair care for her three daughters. Pleased with Tamekia’s work, Mary referred her to a network of adoptive parents, who were in similar positions of needing hair care services for their little ones and a safe place to learn how to properly care for their transracial children’s hair without judgment and negative criticism.
Discovering that there was a need for Styles for Girlz not only among Mary and her friends but among transracial foster and adoptive families throughout Illinois, the organization grew from serving 3 clients in 2010 to over 500 clients throughout the United States.
In 2013, the organization expanded its mission to provide, in-home, hair care education, training, and services to all foster children, underserved children residing in residential facilities and detention centers, and special needs children with Afro-textured hair; changing its name to Styles 4 Kidz (S4K) in 2016.
Eight years later, S4K opened one of the first, nonprofit—501(c)(3)
tax-exempt—salons of its kind; a salon where foster and adoptive kids are empowered to embrace their natural, ethnic crown.
We call it: “Hair Care With Heart”.
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Board of Directors
Rod's experience in HR management and ability to mediate tough situations proves invaluable to S4K and its Board of Directors. Rod is passionate about his family and adoption. As an adoptive dad, he is committed to seeing the mission and vision of S4K expanded in his local community and in communities around the nation and world.
Darryl Kilpatrick, MBA
Darryl has served on the S4K Board for 7 years. He stepped into the Board Chair role in 2018 and has led S4K in this season of exponential growth and expansion of S4K’s programs. He is a family man who is passionate about working with, mentoring and serving youth. Darryl is an active member of his church, Wheaton Christian Center, where he led Youth Fest for many years.
Dr. Will Madden
Will is co-founder of Whole Brain Consulting, entrepreneur, author, CEO, transracial adoptive dad, and largest lifetime donor to the S4K mission. He brings a commitment to the sustainability and longevity of the S4K mission and brand. His fire and commitment to the vision drives the S4K Board forward.
Tamekia Swint, MBA
Tamekia is S4K's Founder and Executive Director who drives the mission and vision of the organization. She started by assisting a few families in the transracial adoptive community with hair care education and services, and through that found her gift of working with children. Tamekia has been featured in O Magazine, Essence online and on Good Morning America, as well as in many news sources across the country, for creating a hair care organization that serves families in the foster, transracial adoptive and bi-racial communities.
Ryan Swint, MS
Ryan is a creator, innovator, and talented graphic designer. Ryan is a non-voting member of the S4K Board of Directors and has served on the board since it's inception in 2010. He designs all marketing materials and assists with the management of S4K's social media, website design, and online presence. Ryan is committed to creating designs that further the S4K mission, vision, and brand.
Latonya is a licensed broker and certified event planner with a gift for design. She has orchestrated the details of every S4K gala for the past 5 years. As new Board Member, she is responsible for opening the flood gate that has placed S4K in the spotlight on news and media sources in 2019 and 2020, starting with our debut on Windy City Live. Latonya's determination, eye for detail, and negotiating skills make her a valuable asset to the S4K Board.
Tamekia Swint, Executive Director (pictured above)
Amanda Reckinger, MBA
Amanda has a keen business sense and attention to detail. After joining the S4K Care Ambassador team as a volunteer in 2019, Amanda joined the S4K leadership team and is currently managing all operations of S4K programs. She has a big heart and extraordinary skill for successfully managing teams and operations. Her gifts are an invaluable resource to S4K as we extend a hand to families across the nation.
Sisay is a transracial adoptee from Ethiopia and served as volunteer on the social media team in 2019. She joined our team in 2020 as Executive Assistant and serves as light and encouragement to the kids in our community. Sisay, a recent graduate of social work, is efficient, detail-oriented, and, most importantly, excited about the mission of S4K.
Christy James is passionate about hair. After many years of retail management, she took a leap of faith to change careers and become a hair care professional. She is a recent graduate of Amazon Natural Look Academy in Chicago where she excelled in her study and mastery of natural hair styling. Christy loves performing styles that enhance the natural beauty of the kids in our community.
Shavonne Patterson has been serving the S4K mission for three years. She started as a braiding assistant and had grown into an essential piece of our salon as a Licensed Hair Braider. Shavonne is a graduate of Amazon Natural Look Academy and has a BA in International French. Her passion for helping kids ignites her commitment to create styles that light up the faces of all the kids we serve. She is committed, faithful, and talented--a true asset to S4K.
Brionte was the very first S4K stylist. She volunteered her time and services while she was in high school. Without a
vehicle, she caught the bus and train to locations across the city to serve our families. When most teenagers were hanging out, she spent time on the weekends assisting with services for kids in foster group homes. After a time away to complete her Cosmetology program at Pivot Point and develop her skills professionally in other salons, Brionte has returned to help move the S4K mission forward. She is a committed, talented stylist with a heart for service.
We are grateful for a team of volunteers who gave in 2019 of to help drive the S4K mission forward. We couldn't do what we do without you! Jadon Groves, Bethea Lane, Mark Lane, Desiree Futrell, Beth Ray, Olivia Ray, Vanessa Bolger, Brighid O'Shaughnessy, Andrea Charest, Steve Raquel, Christina Martin, Ted Wallace, and Demetria Hayden