There is not “one” type of high school girl that joins our program. Our team represents a beautiful mix of girls from a wide variety of schools (last year we had 9 schools represented). The activity level of each girl ranges as well. Some girls are committed to honors/AP classes, school clubs, sports, and hold part time jobs. Some girls choose the Genuine Team as their one and only commitment. No matter who you are, there is a place for you on this team if you are Open Minded, Genuinely Kind, and have a Desire to Grow into the person you were meant to become!
When accepted into the program, both the parents and the new team member will be invited to an information meeting held at the studio. This is where we will discuss the program in more depth including: timeline, investment, and how to get started.
After years of photographing high school senior portraits, Melissa recognized the need for a teen mentorship program in her community. Through her life experiences and education she created the life skills and community service based program. Her passion is to encourage young women to live a life of authenticity; unwavering in their faith, morals, and values. Melissa hopes to equip them with necessary life skills to have independent success after they leave home. She holds an Elementary Education Degree from UNCG. She taught for 6 years in Cabarrus & Guilford County. Melissa designed the lesson plans while also working alongside health professionals, college grads, as well as implementing knowledge gained from her own life experiences. Every year the classes are updated & improved upon with new information and experiences. They are also adjusted to fit our ever changing society. The Genuine Team started in 2013 and has been a successful & thriving education program since 2016.
Colleges view this program as a very unique and exciting program. The Genuine Team is not offered anywhere else in the world, which makes it a stand out on any application. Colleges view girls who have participated in this program as one who will contribute to and benefit the overall culture at their university. All team members who have good attendance and an excellent participation record will receive a detailed letter of recommendation for College and Scholarships from Melissa.
Our community service work requires anywhere from 2-5 hours/month of work outside of classes depending on the role you choose.
We meet at the team studio home located at 1128 Union Street South in Concord.
Girls who live anywhere from 5 miles to 45 miles drive to be on this team. There is no mileage/city exclusion.
The program begins Sophomore and lasts until Senior year. We have required meetings 1-2 times per month. We typically meet Sunday afternoons/evenings. We aim to lighten the course load during exam weeks, college application times, and holidays. We plan monthly social hours for the team to get to know each other better outside of classes.
- A few designated dinners are provided
- Team Tshirt & Bag
- Themed Team Photo Shoots
- A letter of recommendation from Melissa
- Endless support, empowerment, encouragement, leadership, education, laughter, direction, team spirit, good music, talks over Chick Fil A nugget trays, everlasting friendships, all in the most comfortable and cool studio to hang out in.
- All classes that are held each month; both required classes and the optional classes (25+)
- Our comfy judgement free home space called "The Studio"
- The Genuine Sister mentorship program [mentoring middle school girls]
- Original Community Service projects; designed and led by the team
- Guest teacher fees
- Snacks, Treats, and Drinks during classes
We offer several different packages in a variety of price ranges. You can join the program for only $129 per month. You can add on senior portrait sessions, albums, digital images, etc to the program package at an exclusive program discount. These additional prices are discussed at the information meeting held after the application period due to their customizable nature. By applying and being accepted into the program, you are committing to at least 18 months on the team with a strong intention to be together through the end of Senior year.
Yes OF COURSE! In fact, the majority of Genuine Team girls have their portraits taken by Melissa. Our goal is to provide affordable portraits for all high school girls. We offer three different packages. This information is shared at the information meetings. As a Genuine Team member you receive an exclusive senior portrait discount as well as priority for choosing a date.
Each year there are 3 excused absences. As you have read in the introduction, we have girls on the team who are committed to many other activities. The attendance policy is easy to abide by if you can maintain a healthy task management. We expect good communication and effort. We offer opportunities to make up absences. The attendance policy is addressed in detail at the information meetings in January.
We take monthly payments throughout the course of the program. We offer online payment options as well as cash in hand. Our goal is to make the payment process as easy as possible for all families. Please discuss with us any unique circumstances you wish for us to consider.