Popular Beauty Blogger shares her story at a career panel targeting Corona youth


Popular Beauty Blogger shares her story at a career panel targeting Corona youth

March 20, 2018 – On March 14, Courtney Danielle, a popular online beauty blogger and founder of Curls and Couture, shared her story with young people who live in one of the city’s designated Neighborhood Development Areas (NDA), Corona, Queens. Participating NDA programs, like Queens Community House’s (QCH) Opportunity Youth Program, provide out-of-school, out-of-work youth, ages 17-24, the services and support they need to do better in school, enter college and further their career options.

The career panel consisted of six young professionals, whose companies ranged from the Long Island Nets to Southside Hospital to Danielle’s Curls and Couture. The audience listened attentively as Danielle described how she turned her passion for beauty products into a money-making endeavor. “I’m here today to tell you not to let anyone stand in your way,” Danielle told the group. Not leaving out that “you must put in the time and effort, which isn’t easy, isn’t pretty and isn’t quick.”

QCH’s Opportunity Youth Program Coordinator, Dajahnae Jones organized the panel, saying “We try to meet youth where their interests lie. Many of our participants are interested in starting their own businesses, so I’m glad Courtney could share her experience with them.” Participants were mostly from Corona, Queens, which was designated an Neighborhood Development Area due to a lack of these types of programs within its boundaries. Participating youth were mostly interns QCH has placed within the community to gain professional skills and leadership opportunities.

After the panel the participants were asked to "network," during which Danielle offered this piece of advice: “I’m giving you my business card so you can use it when you need it. That’s how you network. This isn’t just a career panel. This is a step. Take it.”

About Queens Community House: Founded in 1975, Queens Community House, is a multi-site nonprofit organization that offers a wide network of comprehensive services to individuals, families, and communities throughout Queens. From 29 sites in 14 diverse neighborhoods, QCH helps thousands of Queens residents to thrive in school, make healthy life choices, succeed in educating themselves, become engaged citizens, stabilize their housing situations, and make the most of their senior years.  Learn more at www.qchnyc.org.


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