Empowering Young Minds

In the city of Greensboro , North Carolina, the Heads Up For Our Youth (HUFOY) Big Brother Barber Program recently played host to an inspiring cohort of twenty young male 4th and 5th graders from Parkview Elementary School. Set against the backdrop of Heads Up Barber and Beauty, this transformative initiative aimed to instill invaluable life lessons while fostering a sense of self-respect and community among the participants.

Guided by a team of dedicated barber mentors including Rick Morton, Crystal Banks, Dwayne Shaw, and DC Creighton, the young men embarked on a journey of self-discovery and grooming expertise on April 8th, 2024.

The day kicked off with enlightening discussions on healthy hair care tips, as the eager participants learned the importance of proper shampooing and conditioning techniques. Beyond hair care, the program delved into more profound topics such as bullying prevention and the significance of self-respect. Through engaging conversations and interactive sessions, the young men were empowered to navigate the complexities of adolescence with confidence and grace.

Amidst the buzz of clippers and the gentle hum of hairdryers, the participants were treated to expert haircuts and rejuvenating shampoos, courtesy of the skilled barber mentors. Each snip of the scissors and lather of shampoo served as a testament to the transformative power of grooming, leaving the young men feeling refreshed and renewed.

As the day drew to a close, the group gathered for a heartwarming lunch, sharing laughs and forging bonds with their newfound mentors. To commemorate their memorable experience, each participant received a small token, a tangible reminder of the invaluable lessons learned and the camaraderie shared.

Reflecting on the day’s events, the impact of the program was palpable. Words of gratitude and joy echoed through the room as participants shared their experiences. “I feel like a Prince,” remarked one young man, while another exclaimed, “I had a great time!” Perhaps most touching of all was the observation, “This is the first time I’ve ever seen him smile,” a testament to the transformative power of mentorship and community.

In a world where positive influences are invaluable, the Heads Up For Our Youth Big Brother Barber Program stands as a beacon of hope and empowerment. By nurturing the minds and spirits of tomorrow’s leaders, one haircut at a time, this initiative embodies the essence of community, compassion, and camaraderie. As we look towards the future, let us continue to uplift and inspire the next generation, fostering a legacy of resilience, self-respect, and mutual support.

Reflecting on Success:
The Impact of The Reenactment Juvenile Crime Diversion Program

In the wake of a transformative event, Heads Up For Our Youth takes a moment to reflect on the resounding success of The Reenactment Juvenile Crime Diversion Program. Held at the Cultural Arts Center in Greensboro, North Carolina, this groundbreaking summit brought together community leaders, advocates, and aspiring youth for an empowering dialogue on addressing juvenile crime.

The event, spearheaded by Executive Director Dwayne Shaw and Program Director Rick Morton, showcased a diverse lineup of presentations and performances designed to educate, inspire, and mobilize attendees. From thought-provoking panel discussions to powerful theatrical performances, each element of The Reenactment contributed to its profound impact.

One of the highlights of the program was the performance of “Disconnected Realities,” a short play written and directed by Dwayne Shaw himself. Through the talent and dedication of young actors and actresses, including Amari Jones, Aniyah Newkirk, Moriah Song, Legend Shaw, Malachi Pott, Perfek Hutchinson, and Alecia McClelland, the play offered a poignant portrayal of the challenges faced by today’s youth. Addressing themes such as homelessness, addiction, and social media pressure, “Disconnected Realities” resonated deeply with the audience, sparking important conversations and fostering empathy and understanding.

In addition to the theatrical component, The Reenactment featured insightful panel discussions led by esteemed guests such as Judge Lora Cubbage, Sheriff Danny Rogers, District Attorney Avery Crump, Magistrate Candis Morton, Paul Ford, and Attorney Jaron Barbee. These discussions provided invaluable insights into the root causes of juvenile crime and strategies for prevention and intervention. The candid exchange of ideas and perspectives underscored the importance of collaborative efforts in addressing complex social issues.

The event also showcased the artistic talents of the community, with performances by spoken word artist Shaun Woods and music by DJ Tito adding depth and resonance to the program. These creative expressions served as powerful reminders of the importance of art and culture in fostering social change.

As attendees departed from The Reenactment, they carried with them a renewed sense of purpose and commitment to supporting the youth in our community. The success of the program was a testament to the power of collaboration, compassion, and collective action in effecting positive change.

Looking ahead, Heads Up For Our Youth remains dedicated to its mission of empowering young people and creating opportunities for their success. Through ongoing programs, partnerships, and advocacy efforts, we will continue to work towards building a brighter future for generations to come.

For more information about Heads Up For Our Youth and upcoming events, visit our website at www.hufoy.org. Join us in our mission to uplift and empower our youth, and together, we can make a lasting difference in our community.

Heads Up For Our Youth
Big Brother Barber Program:
Fostering Growth and Community with special guest The M.O.D. Squad of Allen Jay Prep Academy

In the heart of Greensboro NC at Heads Up Barber and Beauty, a transformative gathering took place under the banner of the Heads Up For Our Youth (HUFOY) Big Brother Barber Program. This week’s distinguished guests were none other than the esteemed “MOD Squad” – a group of nine young men representing the Men Of Distinction from Allen Jay Prep School. Wearing their school colors and MOD squad gear, each member exuded a unique aura, complete with their own alias, similar to the traditions of seasoned barbers.

Among the MOD Squad members stood Crow, Visa, Kickstand, Hawk, Commander, Mr. Amazing, Boomerang, Wallstreet, and Secret Service. Alongside them were the skilled barbers of Heads Up, including Rick Morton, Dr. Shaw, Tank, Crystal, Grade A Dre, DC, MJ, Jarus, and Lil Rick, ready to impart their expertise, support and mentorship.

Under the guidance of Rick Morton, the Program Director of Heads Up For Our Youth, the young men were enlightened on the significance of healthy hair care and gained insights into the multifaceted world of barbering. Discussions revolved around the requisite steps to join the M.O.D. Squad, intertwining valuable life lessons with the artistry of grooming.

As clippers buzzed and scissors snipped, the atmosphere reverberated with camaraderie and exchange of wisdom. Conversations flowed seamlessly, fostering a sense of kinship amidst the hum of the barbershop.

Post haircuts, the group gathered for a delectable lunch, graciously provided by HUFOY Board Member, Felicia Colbert, from Chic Fila. Executive Director Dr. Shaw then led the assembly into a lively gameshow-style quiz, testing their retention of the day’s discussions. With enthusiasm, the young men engaged in the Heads Up Quiz, leveraging their smartphones to participate.

In a heartening turn of events, every participant emerged as a winner, reflecting the collective spirit and camaraderie that permeated the gathering. The M.O.D. Squad, the Heads Up Barbers, Mr. Will Moore, and Alan Cline shared in the joyous moment, cementing bonds that extended beyond the confines of the barbershop.

As the event drew to a close, captured in frames of shared laughter and camaraderie, the promise of future encounters lingered in the air. With hearts brimming with hope and gratitude, the professional barbers and community leaders bid farewell to the MOD Squad, enriched by the opportunity to empower and serve the youth.

In the tapestry of community engagement, the Heads Up For Our Youth Big Brother Barber Program stands as a beacon of mentorship and solidarity, nurturing the aspirations of tomorrow’s leaders, one haircut at a time.

“Heads Up For Our Youth would like to acknowledge the Principal of Allen Jay Prep School Dr.Kevin Wheat for providing an opportunity for HUFOY and the M.O.D. Squad t0 establish a thriving community partnership. Your continuous support has allow those young men to walk into doors that are normally close. Thank you and Mr. Will Moore for the vision of this distinguished group of men. Mr. Will Moore, you are doing an amazing job and Heads Up For Our Youth will continue to support you along with Dr. Wheat and the M.O.D. Squad.”  – HUFOY Executive Director Dwayne Shaw 

Truliant Honors Heads Up For Our Youth for Empowering Tomorrow's Leaders

In a heartwarming gesture of appreciation and support, Truliant Federal Credit Union has recently recognized Heads Up For Our Youth (HUFOY) and its founders, Rick Morton and Dwayne Shaw. This recognition comes as a testament to the impactful work HUFOY has been doing in shaping brighter futures for the youth in Guilford County and beyond. Truliant’s acknowledgment also underscores the importance of community involvement and upliftment, particularly in nurturing the next generation of leaders.

Founded by Rick Morton and Dwayne Shaw, Heads Up For Our Youth is a beacon of hope for many young individuals. The organization operates with a mission to empower youth, providing them with essential skills, guidance, and opportunities to thrive in today’s challenging world. Through various programs and initiatives, HUFOY aims to instill confidence, leadership qualities, and a sense of purpose in the youth, thus paving the way for a better future.

Truliant Federal Credit Union’s recognition of HUFOY is more than just a token of appreciation; it is a celebration of the profound impact that grassroots initiatives can have on communities. By acknowledging the efforts of Morton and Shaw, as well as their organization, Truliant highlights the importance of collaboration between businesses and non-profit organizations in creating positive change.

Moreover, Truliant’s commitment goes beyond mere recognition. The credit union has also made a charitable contribution to further bolster HUFOY’s incredible work. This contribution will undoubtedly fuel the organization’s efforts in reaching more young individuals, expanding its programs, and making an even greater difference in the lives of those it serves.

The partnership between Truliant and HUFOY signifies a shared vision of a community where every individual, regardless of background or circumstance, has the opportunity to succeed. It exemplifies the power of collective action in addressing societal challenges and fostering a culture of support and encouragement.

Through its support of HUFOY, Truliant demonstrates its dedication to corporate social responsibility and its belief in investing in the future. By empowering youth today, we are laying the foundation for a brighter tomorrow, one where inspired and uplifted individuals can lead with confidence and integrity.

As we applaud Truliant Federal Credit Union for its recognition of Heads Up For Our Youth and its founders, let us also celebrate the resilience, determination, and passion of all those who work tirelessly to shape a better future for our communities. Together, we can make a difference, one act of kindness, one gesture of support at a time.

Circle City Center Celebrates HUFOY and Dwayne Shaw:
A Black History Month Tribute

This Black History Month, The Circle City Center proudly recognizes Heads Up For Our Youth (HUFOY) and its Executive Director, Dwayne Shaw, for their transformative impact on our community.

Founded by Shaw and Rick Morton, HUFOY is dedicated to empowering youth through mentorship and support programs. Shaw’s leadership has expanded HUFOY’s reach, guiding countless young individuals toward success.

As we honor Black leaders like Shaw and Morton, we celebrate their dedication to uplifting the next generation. The Circle City Center stands in solidarity with HUFOY, committed to building a brighter future for all.

Truist and HUFOY collaborate on Banking On Your Success

HUFOY Giving Back During The Holiday Season

Greensboro, December 2, 2023

In the spirit of giving, Heads Up For Our Youth (HUFOY) orchestrated a heartwarming Holiday Toy Drive on December 2, 2023, leaving an indelible mark on the lives of local children and their families. Embracing the season’s magic, the event unfolded with a touch of holiday enchantment.

Ole St. Rick, donned in Santa’s iconic red suit, led the festivities, accompanied by Mrs. Claus, a lively group of helpers, and even an Elf. The event was more than a toy giveaway; it was an immersive experience for 44 children and 17 parents.

This remarkable initiative succeeded in serving 35 children and 14 parents, extending the holiday spirit beyond the gift-giving. Each child received a generous bundle of 5-7 presents, ensuring smiles and joy all around. The parents were not left out; they were treated to thoughtful gifts from Bath & Body Works.

Adding an extra dash of excitement, HUFOY hosted three drawings for Publix $50 gift cards, spreading cheer to fortunate parents. Additionally, the highlight of the event was the drawing for 5 bikes, 2 scooters, and a Big Wheel, bringing boundless delight to the children present.

To ensure that the spirit of generosity reverberated further, the remaining toys found a new home with the Fill the Bus initiative by the Sheriff’s Department.

The diverse population served by this event mirrored the inclusive ethos of HUFOY. Families from CPS Guilford County, VWish Domestic Violence Organization, social media requests, and Archer Elementary School, including a mix of Asian and African American backgrounds, all came together to share in the festivities.

Board members of HUFOY played an active role in making the event a success, attending with enthusiasm and dedication. The event also welcomed four new families, signifying a growing impact and promising an even more extensive reach in the years to come.

As the inaugural Holiday Toy Drive concluded, it left behind not just wrapped gifts but a sense of community, joy, and hope—hallmarks of Heads Up For Our Youth’s commitment to making a lasting impact.

Heads Up For Our Youth extends heartfelt thanks to Publix Foods, Heads Up Barber and Beauty’s barber Tank, Rick, and Dr. Shaw, The Colbert Family, HUFOY Board members Kim Quick, and coordinator Felicia Colbert, and Ebenezer Fellowship Hall for their invaluable contributions.

For more information on Heads Up For Our Youth and its initiatives, visit www.hufoy.org.

HPU Students support HUFOY

Three High Point University students, Foad Abulhaj, Abigail Hoag, and Haley Lafreniere, who are members of the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society organization, recently coordinated a school supply drive for Heads Up For Our Youth (HUFOY) and its community outreach efforts. Each year, HUFOY creates a wishlist, and this year, working with High Point University, its students, staff, and President Nido Qubein were on the list.

“We believe partnerships and collaborations like these are essential for the development of a society, and we are thankful for Foad, Abigail, Haley, and the Alpha Lambda Delta organization for being a great example and their commitment to being the change they want to see,” said Co-Chairman Dwayne Shaw.

HUFOY is gearing up for its 8th Annual Back to School Rally in August, and this school supply drive is just the spark needed to help provide resources to young children across the Triad. Foad, Abigail, and Haley collected pens, pencils, notebooks, rulers, calculators, and more to contribute to HUFOY and its efforts.

This effort exemplifies the strong commitment that High Point University students have to community service and outreach. The university encourages students to become involved in volunteerism, and the Alpha Lambda Delta organization provides opportunities for students to make a difference in the community.

Abigail Hoag, who is the Events Chair for ALD and one of the students who participated in the school supply drive, said, “It was great to work with Heads Up For Our Youth provide resources for school agers in the High Point and Greensboro area . It’s inspiring to see how much can be accomplished when people come together to help one another.”

If you would like to donate, volunteer, or find out more about HUFOY and the 8th Annual Back to School Rally, visit their website at www.hufoy.org or email them at hufoy.org@gmail.com. HUFOY Board of Directors and the High Point University community are proud of the work that Alpha Lambda Delta , Foad, Abigail, and Haley have done to support HUFOY and its mission to serve the community.

Thank you! 

8th Annual Back To School Rally

Heads Up Barber and Beauty does it again!

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Heads Up Barber Shop is putting the finishing touches on its sixth annual “Heads Up For Our Youth” back to school event. 

After missing out on the fun last year, the team from Heads Up Barbershop wanted to put a special twist on this year’s event.

The team at Heads Up is all about the youth. That’s why not only will this year’s event make sure the kids are properly prepared for school, 

but it will feature a performance from an up-and-coming music group from our backyard. 

Not only will there be plenty of resources for kids and parents. There will also be a barber vs Greensboro Police Department basketball game.

Kim Isaac is the Communications Director for Heads up For our Youth, she says they do events like this to help support the community

“We want this to be a platform for children. Entrepreneurs come here, doctors come here, lawyers come here, business owners. We want this to be a safe haven for youth. 

We want them to feel safe, motivated and inspired. Any nugget they need. We want them to know they can get it here.”

This event runs from 1 pm to 5 pm on Sunday, August 22nd at the Greensboro Coliseum Field House. 

There will be a bookbag drive, early voting registration, health screening clinic, covid vaccinations, and covid testing all on-site. 

Plus each person that takes a covid test, gets a $10 gift card.

But there is still more, at halftime, there will a special performance by the ‘Collective’. A music group made up of 4 teens from Greensboro. 

“We’re kids, we’re part of the youth, but we are doing things some of the bigger cats in the game are doing and we’re just going to put on a show.”

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