Read about Tamara
Logan's experience volunteering with the Angel
Tamara is teaching
kids with low self esteem how to be leaders.
of philanthropic or volunteer work did/do you do?
Tamara: I work with
youth. Through the arts I teach self esteem, motivation, and self worth.
the name and location of the organization?
Tamara: The Angel Hair Network in Orlando.
about the project, especially who benefited from this work.
Tamara: I take low self esteem kids
and teach them how to be leaders. I take doubtful
dreamers and show them how to make their dreams
a reality. I love people especially young peopleI
am a young person myself.
you to get involved?
Tamara: I was once told by a prophet
that I'd be working with many young people.
It felt natural to me.
you first get involved?
Tamara: My parents were always into
the world of entertainment. I've seen the positive
impact the arts have on our youth. Later on
in high school, I met teenagers that were into
different things than I was used to, such as
teen pregnancy, drugs, and prostitution. Never
once did I look down on them. These issues
just made me want to learn what caused this
to happen, and I found that most teenagers are
very talented, and more than half don't even
know what their talents are and feel they’re
not good at most things. But when you find
out what a child is good at and bring that forth,
it eliminates most of those problems. See,
growing up, I was always kept busy with the
arts—dance, music, acting—there was always something
for me to do.
the best thing about your experience?
Tamara: When a parent came to me in
tears and told me that since I've been working
with her daughter, she now has her daughter
back. Her grades are back up, and she's amazed
at the changed that occurred in just a few weeks,
and I’d only met with her daughter one time
a week. She had a beautiful face and a kind
heart. I allowed her to become one of my Angel
Face Models. The first thing she told me was,
"Oh I could never be a model. I'm too fat."
I taught her how to love herself regardless.
the hardest part?
Tamara: The hardest part was working
with people that knew nothing about the entertainment
industry, and the fact that I ran 2 different
departments of Angel Hair, both Angel Face Models
and Faith Records. I taught the models runway,
makeup, and print, and I taught the vocalists
vocal technique, stage presence, how to dance,
and how to make a successful demo.
the biggest surprise?
Tamara: When I did a show with both
departments, I was able to see all the work/
time/money I invested in these kids come together.
I was truly amazed—not that I doubted them,
but it was just the difference in their confidence
from the first time I met them.
What new things have you learned as a result of your experience and how
have you changed as a result?
Tamara: Even though I was teaching,
I received so much. I learned how you can change
someone's life by not judging, just listening
and showing love. Because I had to take on the
leader position, I'm a lot less shy than I used
to be. That's helped me in my career as an
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking of getting involved
in philanthropy or volunteering?
Tamara: Do it. You may put in a lot
of time with paper work and making phone calls,
but when you’re making a difference, you receive
so much more.
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