Wahl Clipper Corporation’s Fade It ForwardTM Program Awards Barber Scholarships to At-Risk Chicago Youth
Sterling, IL-based clipper manufacturer to surprise four new students with scholarships on Tuesday, September 22nd, with the goal of helping them achieve their dreams of becoming barbers.
September 18, 2020 (Chicago, IL) — Wahl Clipper Corporation’s Professional division, Chicago social service organization UCAN, and local business Larry’s Barber College are pleased to announce the awarding of scholarships to four new students as part of the Wahl Professional Fade it ForwardTM scholarship program. The event will take place on Tuesday, September 22, at 10 a.m. at UCAN, 3605 W. Fillmore St., Chicago, IL 60624. Information on the Fade It Forward TM program can be found here: https://wahlpro.com/education/fadeitforward/
In December 2019, Wahl Professional welcomed its first graduates of the philanthropic program, Andre Whittington, and Sebastian Moore, of Chicago, IL as they completed their barber college program at His & Hers Barber School. Both Whittington and Moore went through a challenging 13-month program that prepared them for their future careers as barbers and entrepreneurs.
For Chicago, this is the second group of Fade It Forward TM students to go through the program and will be furthering their education at Larry’s Barber College, 701 E. 79th Street in Chicago. The students going through this second installation of the program are Amari Brown, Brandon Williams, Dakota Newton-Powell, and Colby Taylor. Each of these students will be supported throughout the program by UCAN as well as a mentor – a professional barber in the Chicago area – who will help guide the students and give them their first experience working in the industry.
“The Fade It ForwardTM program is as much about supporting our at-risk youth as it is about helping them become professional barbers,” says Garland Fox, barber and Wahl Education and Artistic Team (W.E.A.T.) member. “We’re fortunate to partner with UCAN, which provides the ongoing support the students need as they progress through their barber education.”
For Fox, the creation of this philanthropic program is about giving back to the next generation, as he once was homeless, and credits becoming a barber as something that changed his life for the better. Fox’s inspiration and determination to help youth gain better lives is not only taking root in the Chicago area, but Wahl Professional has started the program in St. Louis, MO, and plans to expand to Cleveland, OH in 2021.
The new scholarship recipients, Wahl Professional staff members, and UCAN staff members will be available for interviews with the media.
Wahl Fade It Forward Scholarship Ceremony
WHO: Wahl Professional, UCAN and Larry’s Barber College
New Scholarship Students
Garland “G-Whiz” Fox
WHAT: Scholarship Ceremony
- Scholarships awarded to students and interviews with new scholarship recipients
WHERE: UCAN, 3605 W. Fillmore, Chicago, IL 60624
- Healing Garden area, behind the building
WHEN: Ceremony: 10 am – 1 pm Tuesday, September 22, 2020
WHY: The Fade It ForwardTM program was created by Wahl Professional and W.E.A.T. member, Garland “G-Whiz” Fox, whose goal is to help transforms youths’ lives in the community by helping them become professional barbers. Fox notes that becoming a barber was a turning point in his life and that he hopes to help youth who are in the same position as he was. This program was founded in 2018.
OF NOTE: As Wahl Professional welcomes these new students, the 101-year-old clipper company is pleased that in later 2020 Fade It Forward® will expand to St. Louis, MO and in 2021 to Cleveland, OH.
Due to COVID-19, individuals at this event will be required to wear face masks when not properly social distanced to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.
About Wahl Professional
Since 1919, with the invention of the first practical electric hair clipper, Wahl Clipper Corporation has been the leader in the professional and home grooming category. Today, with over 2,500 employees worldwide, Wahl is proud to carry forward the tradition of innovation and superior customer service that was created by Leo J. Wahl. Headquartered in Sterling, Illinois, Wahl distributes to 176 countries and has eight global manufacturing facilities as well as 25 sales offices. At Wahl, we are proud of our heritage of excellence as well as our remarkable list of groundbreaking innovations for the present and future for the global market. Visit www.wahlpro.com for more details.