Rock What You've Got is a program designed to use fashion as a catalyst to teach tweens confidence, kindness, and self esteem.


Through lessons in personal style, great colors to wear, and how to put outfits together, attendees will learn a message of kindness in thought of self and others, kindness in words and kindness of heart.


Inspired by the Dove Campaign for Beauty and Reveal Your Dignity, Rock What You've Got brings together those tough issues tweens face every day in school, in social media, with their parents and in after school activities.


Our goal is to teach each child HOW to dress in an age appropriate way and find self respect through a genuine love of who they are - right here, right now. Through a day of powerful activities, the tweens will see how comparing themselves to others doesn't give them the chance to become the rock stars they are meant to be.


The program also teaches manners (which fork to use for a salad and what is that spoon for?), because bad manners is bad style!  And we will touch on appropriate social media messaging; how image and style translates in such a big way online and self-worth should not come from cyber space.


Through video messages, attendees will hear from peers, teachers, and coaches about first impressions and how what they wear can effect how those very important people in their life treat them. During this module, the kids will learn about appropriate kinds of attention and how to get the right kind of attention.


This day long program consists of modules. Each module will begin with a video, followed by an activity and a lesson.

  • Develop Your Style Mood.

  • What Is Style?

  • What Are Trends?

  • What I Like About Myself!

  • What Colors Should I Wear?

  • Manners and Etiquette - which fork should I use?

  •  Social Media Manners.

  • Hair and Makeup.

  • Style Me - how to make outfits POP!

  • Fashion Ugly Laws - what people really think about what I wearing.

  • Self Esteem - from the Dove Campaign for Beauty.





The committee for Rock What You've Got includes;

Kathy Friend, Haleigh Henderson, Kelly Regier, Laura Gutknecht, Tonja Zook, Guy Fisher, Sue Peterson, and Kelly Friend. Alana Nichols is our program ambassador.


Educators & Facilitators - note the facilitators may change from location to location

The educators of this program are Certified Style and Image Consultants through the Style & Image Institute including Kathy Friend, Haleigh Henderson, Kelly Rieger and others.














Born and raised in Indiana, Emily Mishler received dual-degrees in Communication & Apparel Design, with a minor in Art & Design from Purdue University. She designs women’s Ready-to-Wear, a different collection of scarves each season, custom illustrations and dips her fingers into digital design. Emily presented her first full Ready-to-Wear collection in March 2014, and has quickly been showcased and recognized as a rising talent. In March 2013, she was accepted as one of the 33 new members of the Miss Indiana Organization [a subset of the Miss America Organization], serving as Miss Elkhart County 2013. In February 2014, was crowned Miss Purdue University 2014, Miss Indiana Heartland 2015, a 2015 500 Festival Princess, and has since been crowned Miss Northeast 2016.

Through her involvement with the Miss America Organization, Emily pursued her passion of connecting fashion, philanthropy and making a sustainable social impact. Get Involved—Be the Change is a sustainable not-for-profit business, created by Emily, that began in attempt to fill a need in non-profit organizations nation-wide: a sustainable network.













Lt. William Redman

Lt. Redman served on the St. Joseph County Police Department for 22 years. For 18 years, he has taught thousands of local children the DARE program. He will be teaching about Social Media safety.















Kathy Friend, president of the Style & Image Institute / Stylist and Image Consultant

Kathy Friend is a nationally known Stylist and Image Consultant.  She serves as the President of the Style and Image Institute, is part of the Fashion Meets Faith team, and an educator with Reveal Your Dignity – a national junior fashion stylist program for young girls.  Through her workshops and consulting, she helps women to boost their confidence and find inner and outer beauty by defining and celebrating their personal style.

Her experience includes projects for Redbook Magazine, Wal-Mart and Kenmore.  She has been a part of several ventures in Hollywood with reality and talk TV, including projects with Warner Brothers.  Kathy has styled Red Carpet looks for industry leaders for the Oscars and the CMAs.  Her work also includes working with corporations, organizations and universities.


As a premier style expert, Kathy writes for several magazines and has appeared on numerous radio and television shows as a fashion expert.











Kelly Reiger

Kelly is the owner of Twisted String boutique, and a Certified Stylist and Image Consultant.




The Rock! What You've Got program in Michiana is sponsored by Goodwill Industries of Michiana, and has partnered with Twisted String. Sponsorship and Partners in other areas may change.


Rock What You've Got is a division of the Style & Image Institute; and is managed, owned and produced by Kathy Friend, stylist and image consultant.

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