today and for the future.
More Than a Haircut
More Than a Haircut program is a series of regularly facilitated conversations with African-Caribbean fathers, held in neighbourhood barbershops. This unique outreach and educational program is a partnership between the Macaulay Child Development Centre and leaders in the African-Canadian community. It was established in 2006 in response to escalating violence in the Black community. Many community leaders commented on the need for stronger father involvement in the lives of children to foster better outcomes for children and protect youth from negative influences.
Why the barbershop?
The barbershop is an established meeting place for Black fathers to socialize and bond. The shop presents an ideal venue for lively conversations about universal parenting issues that have a particular resonance within the Black community.
What are the benefits of More than a Haircut?
The program’s objective is to enhance the involvement of African-Caribbean fathers and father figures in their children’s lives to create a positive influence. The program has proven successful not only in strengthening the bond between children and fathers in the Black community but also in fostering a positive sense of community. Benefits include:
Practical fathering strategies:Through discussions ranging from parenting strategies to education to cultural identity, fathers explore culturally appropriate fathering resources and information that leads to increased involvement.
Strong community leaders: Local barbers act as leaders and resources for African- Canadian fathers.
Vibrant community centres: Local barbershops act as sites for mutual support and community building.
Sessions generally take place the first Friday of every month at the following locations:
- MTAH Inc. 1543 Eglinton Avenue West
- The Barbers of Eglinton1565A Eglinton Avenue West
- HommeSpa Femme 3472 Keele Street
- Pure Vibes 1491 Eglinton Avenue West
- Elegance Barber and Salon 1850 Eglinton Avenue West
- B & M Hair Studio 1567 Eglinton Avenue West
- Onyx Barbers 219A Yonge Street