(April 4, 2017 – Sacramento, CA)— Bellus Academy was honored with the “Gold” award for Excellence in Community Service by the California Association of Private Post-Secondary Schools (CAPPS) during an awards ceremony on Tuesday, March 28 in the state capital. The award represents the highest level of community service recognition among private post-secondary colleges in California. Community service is an integral component of the Bellus Academy culture at all of its California campuses including Poway, El Cajon and National City.
Throughout 2016, Bellus Academy students and staff participated in 27 different community service initiatives, primarily in the San Diego County area. A few of Bellus Academy’s humanitarian efforts in 2016 included:
Providing free haircuts and grooming services to individuals experiencing homelessness
Offering backstage hair and makeup for fundraisers benefitting victims of domestic violence
Contributing time and talent to events that boost self-esteem for at-risk youth
Pampering cancer patients with complimentary manicures
Partnering with local first responders to raise money for children’s cancer charities
Offering grooming services to assist incarcerated individuals as they transition into society
Providing complimentary makeup and hair at military events
Offering therapeutic stretching services for surfers raising funds to support at-risk young men
Offering the gift of a meal and grooming to homeless individuals seeking employment
CAPPS developed the Excellence in Community Service Award to recognize and encourage initiatives in community service, service learning, and civic engagement that have a significant impact on the communities served by member schools. “Bellus Academy prepares students for careers that are all about helping people feel better,” said Lynelle Lynch, owner of Bellus Academy. “Giving back by supporting community causes throughout the year lets students experience how beauty and wellness professionals improve an individual’s external appearance, and often help restore their confidence and dignity as well.”
Andy Seaboch, community relations coordinator at Bellus Academy, accepted the award.