Heads Up For Our Youth
expands it's reach to Charlotte through partnership with
Aviation Institute of Maintenance

Join us for Heads Up For Our Youth’s inaugural Back To School Educational Stimulus Package Giveaway at The Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Charlotte, NC. We are excited to provide 100 students with Educational Stimulus Packages, which include quality bookbags and essential school supplies. Thanks to our partnership with the Aviation Institute, attendees will also enjoy a free tour of the facility, featuring multiple aircraft. Our goal is to equip students with the resources they need to return to school prepared and inspired to succeed. Don’t miss this opportunity to support educational equality and inspire our youth!

CountDown To The Triads Largest Back To School Event

School's Out for Summer:
How You Can Help Underserved Youth in Guilford County

School is out for the summer, and while children enjoy their break, they often stay at home more, using family resources at a higher rate. From food and summer clothes to entertainment, travel, daycare, and camp, the financial obligations for parents in underserved communities can become overwhelming. As a result, providing youth with bookbags and supplies to be prepared for the upcoming school year can become a significant challenge.

In Guilford County, thousands of young people may not be prepared to receive the education and information their teachers are trying to convey. This lack of preparation can hinder their academic progress and overall confidence. That is why Heads Up For Our Youth needs help from people like you and those who support our mission.

We aim to ensure that every student, especially those in underrepresented communities, has the tools they need to succeed. We invite you to invest in what we call Educational Stimulus Packages (ESP), which consist of high-quality bookbags and the 10 essential supplies needed for a successful school year. Your support can make a significant difference in the lives of these students, helping to bridge the gap and provide equal educational opportunities for all.

Join us in our mission to equip the next generation with the resources they need to thrive. Visit www.hufoy.org to learn more about how you can contribute to this vital cause. Together, we can make a lasting impact on the youth in our community.

Mission Statement

HUFOY’s mission is to promote economic development and educational equality for underserved youth in Greensboro NC and surrounding areas. Through strategic partnerships with organizations, community leaders, and businesses, we create programs for the educational growth and personal development of those we serve. Our goal is to empower youth to overcome barriers, achieve academic success, and thrive in their communities, fostering a more equitable and prosperous future for all.

Everything we do is centered on the premise of making life better for the youth and their families in our community. Every positive encounter, every risky behavior that is diverted and every thoughtful choice made is a testament to the work we do. Every positive outcome for the youth we serve is a positive outcome for us all, and it is with help from caring individuals , community leaders and businesses like yours that we are able to expand our reach and create a lasting impact for our children.

Meet The Founders

Message from Jelani Boone

Our Story

Rick Morton, DC Creighton, Tank Robinson, Kirk Thorpe, Michael McGorda, Jason Cox, Phil Lawson, Jarus Rice, Dwayne Shaw

 (not show in photo Grade A Dre, Myles and Crystal) 

Heads Up Barber and Beauty was more than just a place for haircuts; it was a hub of community spirit and service. Rick Morton and Dwayne Shaw, along with their team of barber brothers, had cultivated an atmosphere where conversation flowed as freely as the clippers buzzed.

One day, while Rick was deftly shaping a client’s hair, he was approached by none other than Kerry Charles, a Fox 8 News anchor. Kerry, struck by the camaraderie and sense of purpose in the barbershop, proposed an idea to Rick: What if they offered free haircuts to a group of students in need?

Rick, always receptive to opportunities to give back, immediately embraced the idea. And thus, the Big Brother Barber program was born. With the support of Dwayne and their barber brothers, they began offering free haircuts to students, coupled with mentorship and guidance.

The program quickly gained traction, with each event drawing more students and volunteers eager to make a difference. As word spread, so did the impact of the program, touching the lives of countless young individuals in the community.

However, Rick, Dwayne, and their team realized that there was more they could do to support the youth in their community. They saw a need for financial literacy education and resources, recognizing that empowerment went beyond just a fresh haircut.

So, they expanded their efforts, launching the Financial Literacy Program to equip young people with the knowledge and skills they needed to navigate their financial futures confidently.

But they didn’t stop there. They knew that education was key to breaking the cycle of poverty and empowering young people to reach their full potential. And so, they established the Annual Back to School Rally, providing students with essential school supplies and resources to start the academic year off right.

To date, the impact of Heads Up For Our Youth continues to grow, touching the lives of countless young people in Greensboro and beyond. From humble beginnings in a barbershop to a thriving nonprofit organization, Rick, Dwayne, and their team remain committed to uplifting and empowering the youth in their community, one haircut, one lesson, and one school supply at a time.

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501(c)(3) Nonprofit, Tax I.D. 47-3146377