Community Engagement is a key component of Junior Barber Academy. Participants in the program engage 50 to 200 community members by providing free haircuts. Partakers in the program gain crucial communication skills conversing with clientele and building relationships with members of their community who otherwise would have been strangers. Junior Barber Academy has a close partnership with YES (Youth Emergency Services) which allows members of JBA to get practice hours on youth and young adults who are experiencing homelessness or temporary displacement. JBA members have a sense of ownership of their community by immediately putting a smile on someone’s face after a haircut.
Junior Barber Academy has built strong relationships with surrounding schools where we advertise the program. JBA offers youth a trade that makes them money and ongoing incentives for their hard work. The barber learning program is welcoming for all members of the community, you could get a free haircut, volunteer as a guest speaker, participate in events to give back to the community or run a workshop. JBA supports diverse cultures by being non-discriminatory in its practices, anyone could get a haircut.
Throughout the development and process of Junior Barber Academy members of the community have donated time and money to cultivate the program. Junior Barber Academy works hand and hand with volunteers and businesses to provide a quality experience for the youth in the community. Some of our key partnerships are as follows:
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