Children have a journey !!!

Outstanding to see this event as an structural tool of communication of each year to our youth.

You know children have no idea or what’s on their separate journeys in life but to get roots in the ground of their lives like this is an excellent anchor for them.

Dennis Rudd DJ

Cultivating Confidence and Connection at HUFOY

Allen Jay Preparatory Academy first partnered with a talented team of barbers, including Rick Morton, Dr. Shaw, Tank, Crystal, Grade A Dre, DC, MJ, Jarus, and Lil Rick, in 2015. They skillfully cut hair and won the hearts of the scholars in our male mentoring program, Men of Distinction (M.O.D. Squad). Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, our last visit to the shop was in 2018. However, this year, we had the opportunity to return with a new group of scholars, and I must say that the team, led by Rick Morton, has truly elevated the HUFOY program. They not only provided haircuts and grooming tips but also created a safe space for the young men to express themselves without fear of judgment. Additionally, by utilizing new age technology like Kahoot, they engaged the scholars in interactive learning sessions. The young men have been raving about how welcomed and valued the team made them feel, and we are eagerly looking forward to our next visit.

Mr. Will and Mr. Cline from AJP

Phenomenal Event!

The 8th Annual Back to School Rally was a resounding success! A day filled with enthusiasm, positivity, and a sense of community that left a lasting impression. It not only set a positive tone for the academic year but also reinforced the sense of unity and purpose within the community. The effort put into planning and executing this event was evident in every detail. It was a pleasure to work with such a remarkable, passionate and purpose driven group of people. We look forward to collaborating with HUFOY again in the future.

Jameelah McMillan - Rolling Video Games NC

Great experience!

As someone who recently moved into the area I was looking into ways I can contribute and help in the community. I was told about the event being held by HUFOY and I was a first time volunteer. What an event it was! It was great to see all the children (and parents) having a blast! Great job by HUFOY.

Tomiwa Osipitan

Inspired and encouraged by this great work!

Brother Shaw and his whole team deserve the utmost praise for the vision that grounds this event. My 14 year old son participated in the basketball tournament and had an opportunity to see what giving back to the community looks like. The visibility of resources at the various tables was encouraging as well.

Paul R Ford

Awesome Event

Thanks to Dewayne Shaw and His team, Head’s Up. I brought a group of Kids from Burlington up to Greensboro for this event. They treated Them just like Family.They really enjoyed all the activities. They all got book bags and school supplies. They got some info for school and some info for life. “Great Job “

Roscoe Alston

instrumental in our community

Heads Up 4 Our Youth has been a great asset to the greater community, providing positive experiences for our kids, free haircuts, school supplies, mentorship and so much more. The leadership is a true example of whats needed more in our community!!!

David Dj justice Small

Best Youth Outreach Program in the Piedmont!!!

I have been part of HUFOY for 8 years, since its inception. This being said, I am also a very blunt individual that looks on things from a neutral perspective. My main loyalty will always be to Jesus.

If what Dwayne Shaw and Rick Morton are doing at HUFOY isn’t the Lord’s work, I don’t know what is. To minister to the widows and fatherless is the call of community missions, and many children in the communities that HUFOY focuses on have absent fathers. These kids have found fatherhood through community engagement, and found that encouragement through the men and women of HUFOY.

I am so inspired by the work that is done in this organization that it inspired me to start my own business and branch out into other opportunities as well.

When I was at my lowest, I could always find my way to the therapy chair and talk it out with my brothers at Heads Up Barber.

These kids have found that therapy chair and it’s HUFOY.

R. David Lopez Jr.

GS-10 Dept of Veterans Affairs (14y Honorable Federal svc)

VA Disability Retired Veteran, US Army 101st ABN

Roger David Lopez Jr.

Great Event!

Many thanks to Dwayne Shaw and his team, Head’s Up For Our Youth, for inviting E.H. Bowman & Associates, LLC to their 8th Annual Back to School Rally! They did an amazing job this past Sunday & were amazing hosts!

It was an action-packed afternoon of community vendors, free hair cuts, free eye exams, dance contest, basketball tournament, live music and food to include concessions and food trucks! The icing on the cake…..1000 bookbags were given away to all registered attendees!

E.H. Bowman Associates Consulting Firm LLC

Outstanding Event

It is heartwarming to see the effort and dedication provided by HUFOY for the community. The event (as always) was well organized and family oriented. It was very enjoyable and also helped lots of families. I’m glad to have been able to attend with my family.

Duane Boone

Community Relations

In an era where there is a supreme amount of distrust between law enforcement and the community, it was great to see officers interacting with the people. I myself am disabled and I was assisted multiple times by them.I engaged in some much needed dialogue as well. This event was for the kids but as an adult, I had a great time and was able to see a great show. Definitely will be attending next year!

Richard Cunningham

Amazing community event

Thank you so much Dwayne for putting together a great back to school community event. The basketball game was lots of fun. Thank you all for providing great school supplies.

Jaminetta Little

It takes a village...

It was a pleasure seeing the barbers and the police join together to uplift to the youth of their community. The basketball game was exciting, the school supplies were a blessing and everyone had a good time. Thanks so much. I loved it. I can’t wait til next year…

Jan Johnson

Class Personified

The “ Back To School Rally 2022 “ , if you wasn’t there, you missed a treat. I’ve never seen kids so excited to go back to school. The parents and kids were giving tools to ensure success in and out the classroom. The interactive events that had the kids hype and the backpacks filled with school supplies. Great Job Head’s Up For Our Youth!!!

Kirk Thorpe

Incredible event!

Not only was it fun and entertaining, but for a wonderful cause. This event just keeps getting better every year.


Excellent structured Back to School Event

Our granddaughter throughly enjoyed herself . Fun, energetic and safe place for kids.

Soundsofdee assistant

a great time

It was amazing to see members of the community come together to put on an event this great! the kids were ecstatic with the activities, there was great music, great people, and just an overall fun time!

Myles Jackson

Simply Outstanding

I sit in amazement as the event continues to reach, inspire and motivate the youth of the Triad and surrounding area. Our only hope is that we make an impact because we all know the results of philanthropy can not always be measured.

May God continue to bless these efforts and everyone involved.

Rick Morton

Great event

Great event for the community… A lot of kids… Also all the events they had were great and entertaining… great event overall!!!!!!!


Back to school Experience

This was not just an event, but an Experience! Heads Up For Our Youth planned and executed a spectacular event that included not just a community but the triad area. I am simply impressed with the love and commitment shown toward the families within the communities. Each moment during this experience was mind blowing! The staff and patrons were phenomenal. Keep up the great work!

Latonya Parker

Great Event

The event was great!!! Heads Up is doing a phenomenal job in their endeavors to give back to the youth and the community as well. I will definitely attend the next one!!!

Shaun Woods

First Time Attending

HeadsUp Did an outstanding job with this event. Although I didn’t get an opportunity to visit with the different vendors, from what I observed their was variety and diversity. I appreciate the continued efforts of the community to get our youth involved in activities that promote intellect, opportunity to grow, respect, and responsibility. I look forward to attending more events hosted by this entity.

It wasn’t about getting free school supplies for my child but more importantly connecting with people in my community who pay it forward and HeadsUp is doing just that.

Thank you!

Colina Barnett

Great event

It’s been a great experience.


Back to School Rally

My great-grandson was in the imaginative world this AM while on our ride to his school.

He said he was making a list of the things he needed for his waterslide that he was going to build.

This is event was a well planned is all that I’m saying. I enjoyed being there and had fun.

Thanks to all that made it happen❣️

Deborah Robinson

Back To School Event

Love The Basketball Game, Half Time Show And The Kids Tug Of War Rope Game That Was Fun. Organized,On Time, Nothing But Positive Energy, And Lots Of Laughs That’s What I Like To See In Our Community So Thanks Again.


Great event

The event was gave off a authentic community oriented feel, positive energy, and very engaging. I think everyone had a great time. The cheerleaders as well as the basketball game was entertaining. From the vendor standpoint they were very pleased and excited to be there and looking forward to coming back next year. Looking forward to this annual event and all the blessings it will bring to the community at large.

Felicia C

"Community Love"

Awesome experience watching Headsup, Guilford County Sheriff’s Office, Greensboro Police Department and the Greensboro Fire Department having a great time with the community. Many other Stakeholders of the community showed up at the event. The great part of the event was watching a community come together to help support the youth as they prepare to return back to school for a safe and great successful year in the making. Thank you very much Headsup Barber shop for all that you do in our community to help put a smile on the faces of our children who are future leaders of this great community!!

Danny H. Rogers

Exciting, fun and well planned!!

I attended with my kids and family and we had a great time. The game and halftime show were fun to watch. I loved how involved this event was with the kids in our community. The tug of war game was cute and the kids were so excited lol. Thank you for the school supplies and having informational vendors in attendance was also great! Good job! Y’all absolutely did an amazing job!! Looking forward to any upcoming events and the Back to School event for next year!


Backpack Day

It was awesome. If the Coliseum would allow food trucks there it would be great

Kelly Giles

Giving Back!!! Thank You!!

Aug 21 Heads Up Barbers had their 7th Annual Back to School Rally. You guys so many people came out to this event. School supplies were given out, basketball game went down w/ Barbers vs Cops, voter registration, vendors, politicians, pep rally, and important information the community needs to know about. It was nice to see the community come together and have a really good time. Shout out to Dr. Shaw and all the barbers at Heads Up!! Keep doing what you guys are doing, being a positive light for our youth! Thank you for caring! Can’t wait til next year.


Heads Up For Our Youth has the best back to school event on the planet!

The team at Heads Up for Our Youth is spectacular.

Words cannot even begin to describe it.

The staff, parents and the kids were absolutely awesome!

The vendors were just as great!

What a great experience for the kids and all future events!

With your help, we can make Heads Up for Our Youth the most rewarding school event(s) for our kids.

The-ELF, Educational Learning Foundation has now joined forces with Heads Up for Our Youth and we will continue to support our kids and we encourage you to do the same!

Thank you Heads Up for Our Youth!

Best regards,

Kevin Poole

Founder / President

Educational Learning Foundation

Kevin Poole

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It was great! Wish more people would take advantage of this great event

Jermaine Shaw

Back to school bookbag drive

Very well organized and well put together!


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Anything for the Kids

The Heads Up For Our Youth Annual event is one which deserves special attention and recognition as it continues to grow. It will become important for this event to be highly accessible with transportation and delivery methods attached. What would really be great is 2 new donated branded SUV’s in which can serve community efforts year-round.

Greensboro deserves the continued growth of premier events for kids and families … Retention and Attrition measures count on it …

Thank you to all Sponsors and supporters ?❤

You all ROCK !!!


Kelli Knight M.Ed MHSC-MFT Ed.S , Author and Creator of the Maggie May Book Series

A Blessing To Serve with Heads Up For Our Youth

It’s great to see the Heads Up for Our Youth, event succeed because of who’s leading the way. God hears the requests and his servants show up and make it happen. We care about our town and our community!!!!!!

Mr.Thomas E. Clodfelter

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A Great Experience

I had fun the other day such a beautiful and happy environment , all the children played so well with each other and I just loved everything about it , I loved being apart of something so great .


Simply Amazing

I saw so many happy faces! I think this event was well planned and executed. The quality of bookbags and the professionalism was amazing! Good job Heads Up!

Marlene Hall

What a breath of fresh air

What a breath of fresh air for this organization making a positive impact on our youth and providing school supplies for our students.

George Sadler

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