The Youth In Barbershop Development Initiative was formed on June 16th 2005 by a group of interested parties with the goal of promoting barbershop to under 26s (High Schools, Universities etc).
Along with achieving long term growth in barbershop for the sake of the artform, the group wants to impact positively on youth in WA by providing an activity which is:
- Healthy – physically and mentally
- Promotes social development
- Inexpensive & accessible
Introduces youths to cultural / performing arts.
YIBDI runs a major workshop every year called the Big Barbershop Day Out or BBDO_2011, attracting 180+ students from more than a dozen schools in Perth.
We also offer ourselves as an information and help source for schools or universities who whish to start a barbershop group, or who are already running a program.
Our long term goals include setting up youth contests for boys and girls, and growing the BBDO program to 500 students, including remote workshops in rural centres.