NUAD Barbershop Violence Prevention Risk Reduction Intervention started as a pilot program for men between the ages of 18 and 36 when Philadelphia was experiencing high rates of gun violence. The program ran once a week for four to five months on 62nd and Market Street in a barber shop. Every participant had a history of violence and the goal of the program was to find the root of the problem in order to change the behavior.
The goal for the program in 2022 has not changed. Even though the program is no longer held in a barbershop due to an increase in participation, facilitators have maintained a barbershop atmosphere. During the intervention there is food, barbers provide free haircuts and facilitators start group discussions. Facilitators have lived experience and can identify with participants because they have been in similar situations. Another component of the program is community service for example; participants cleaned up areas in Southwest that were affected by trash dumping.
Another important piece of the intervention is when participants are invited on a coach bus to visit technical schools and learn more about various trades. Participants will also receive information on grants and other avenues that will help get their tuition paid for. Not only does NUAD focus on changing someone’s values but also give them the tools to better their financial situation.
If you would like to contact Neighborhoods United Against Drugs please call (215) 724-7430.