Rhode Island’s candidate for Miss U.S. Supranational, Brown junior Amara Berry, is working to empower young girls (and boys and phes) by teaching them valuable skills from carpentry to jiu jitsu, and all in the presence of plenty of glitter. We sat down with her to discuss this latest (and sparkliest) project:
BlogDailyHerald: In your own words, what is Camp Sparkle?
Amara Berry: Camp Sparkle is a place for kids of all genders to learn how to change a tire, fix a leaky faucet, build things and break things if they want.
BlogDH: When and how did you first get the idea for Camp Sparkle?
AB: I’ve been a nanny for 10 years, and before that, I was a child. I loved princesses and glitter and pink, but I also loved football. One of the things that I noticed is that princesses always waited to be saved, and never solved their problems for themselves. I was conflicted, and I wanted to see someone like myself reflected in toys and the way we see princesses. I thought of Camp Sparkle as a place for kids who also love pink and sparkles who might be interested in the things that we teach the kids we don’t give pink and sparkles to.