What will I learn at Fashion Monster Camp?
Campers will learn to Design and Sew their own clothing from trained professionals and college students who are studying Fashion Design (read more about our awesome counselors below)! Our counselor to camper ratio is very small (about 3-5 campers per counselor). We are very much about teaching usable skills and are NOT "babysitters" who wants to keep a camper "busy".
Our Camp Counselors
Fashion Monster Camp believes in quality education and understand that it primarily depends on the knowledge and teaching skills of the educator. So, we are very proud to say that our counselors are aspiring Fashion Designers, Stylists, Merchandiser, Buyers, Patternmakers and etc. They are currently studying in their field of interest from colleges like Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute, SCAD (College of Art and Design), FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) and others. They also embody Fashion Monster's motto of living out a life of goodness, kindness and gratefulness in our schools and community. We at Fashion Monster Camp live that out by example and encourage our young campers to do the same.
Fashion Monster Values
Fashion Monster Camp believes in building creativity, character and community into the lives of our youths for their betterment and the betterment of our community and society as a whole.
We need to foster creativity in our kids for their individual success as well as the success of our society. The skill to be creative is needed in every area of study and professional career. Whether it be for an artist/ engineer/ mathematician/ scientist/ writer and the list goes on and on. To acquire this desirable skill and to strengthen it, it needs to be exercised and used.
Our campers will be using and cultivating their creativity from the Fashion Monster Camp curriculum and self appointed projects.
As a parent or guardian, we all want our children to posses good character and morals. To become kind human being who care about themselves and others. There are 3 key characters we foster at Fashion Monster Camp which are:
Goodness: To help and do good for self, others and for the community. To adhere by the GOLDEN RULE: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Kindness: To be kind and respectful at all times. To speak kindness, love and acceptance to others.
Gratefulness: To give and show appreciation for self, others and the community. There are numerous studies out now confirming how a grateful attitude combats depression and anxiety. We at Fashion Monster desire to equip the youth with this tool to fight depression and anxiety in times of stress and hardship from everyday life.
A sense of belonging is a need everyone has. It doesn't matter if you are a kid or an adult. Everyone wants to be loved, cared for and appreciated. At Fashion Monster Camp we create an atmosphere of belonging and wellness. Our hope is for the campers to experience this and desire it. To become pioneers in changing the culture of their schools and communities to cultivate an atmosphere of goodness, kindness and gratefulness wherever they go.
Founder of Fashion Monster Camp
Jin-A Chang, founder of Fashion Monster Camp has a heart for the youth of America. Being a parent of three herself, she wants to help create a community of like minded creative youngsters and foster a lifestyle of goodness, kindness and gratefulness.
A graduate of Parsons School of Design, she worked as a fashion designers for brands like Vera Wang, Calvin Kline, Puma and designed outerwear for celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Amanda Bynes and Venus Williams. She realized her passion for teaching while volunteering at New York Cares, a volunteer organization, where she taught the art of writing poetry to inner city middle school students. Teaching became her new careers goal and her next step in life.
As of today, Jin-A Chang has worked at Fairfax Academy for Communication and the Arts as their Fashion Careers Instructor since 2011. She finds passion in teaching students the knowledge she acquired in the fashion industry as well as teaching general life skills, building character and investing her time in the next generation.