Image: April Greer
Image via the Fashion Camp Facebook page

Three years ago stylist Rosaline Hampton of Rosaline Hampton Salon launched Fashion Camp, a nonprofit summer style session for at-risk Seattle-area teens that focuses on empowering young women and giving them an insider look into the world of fashion.

And if that mission wasn't gracious enough, here's the best part: Fashion Camp is free.

The four-day event incorporates style and beauty activities, fitness classes, and inspirational presentations all aimed at encouraging girls to develop personal style and confidence. Sample workshops include panels on body image and self esteem, jewelry making with local designer Mandy Moon, and makeup tips and tricks with Marlena Stell of online beauty blog Makeup Geek. Camp ends with a fun fashion show where the teens present what they've learned to friends and family.

Kid-wonder designer Courtney Allegra will also be on hand as a keynote speaker. The Los Angeles–based 16 year old has been designing since she was 12 and officially launched her Euro-inspired collection at LA Fashion Week last year. Naturally she jumped at the Fashion Camp opportunity, telling us, "My main message to other young women who want to work in the fashion world is to be unique and not to focus all their energy on trying to fit in with other designers or trends. Find an inspiration and stick with it."

Local Fashion Camp sponsors include Love True Natural and Bella Fiore, businesses who are equally adamant about giving girls access to this empowering project.

This year's event takes place July 10 through 13 in Bellevue. Interested young ladies ages 16 to 18 can register for camp on the official websiteWant to help send a teen down the runway? Sponsor a girl with the donation amount of your choice here.

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