How barbershops are reaching out to at-risk youth

Amid a violent crime surge in Indianapolis, local barbershops are offering safe havens for at-risk youth.
3:34 | 03/18/23

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>>> WELCOME BACK TO "GMA." INDIANAPOLIS SEEING A RECENT RISE IN VIOLENT CRIME AND A GROUP OF BARBERS ARE REACHING OUT TAKING ACTION BY GIVING THEM NEW OPPORTUNITIES. TAKE A LOOK. YOU MAY NOT THINK OF A HIGH SCHOOL AS THE PLACE FOR A HAIRCUT BUT THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS EVERY WEDNESDAY HERE AT GEORGE WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL IN INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA. WITH CLIPPERS IN HAND, BARBERS TALK WITH TEENS ABOUT OVERCOMING DAILY STRUGGLES AND RESOLVING CONFLICT WITHOUT VIOLENCE. >> WHEN YOU HAVE ANGER INSIDE IT'S BEST TO TALK TO PEOPLE RATHER THAN HOLD IT IN. >> Reporter: THE BARBERSHOP TALKS AN EFFORT TO SHIELD AT-RISK YOUTH FROM AN UPTICK IN VIOLENT CRIME ACROSS THE CITY OF INDIANAPOLIS WHICH RECORDED MORE THAN 200 HOMICIDES IN 2022 MAKING IT ONE OF THE DEADLIEST YEARS IN THE CITY'S HISTORY ACCORDING TO LAW ENFORCEMENT. AND ACCORDING TO THE GUN VIOLENCE ARCHIVES MORE THAN 1600 CHILDREN ACROSS THE COUNTRY UNDER AGE 18 DIED FROM GUNS LAST YEAR. THE HIGHEST EVER RECORDED. >> I'VE BEEN CUTTING HAIR FOR OVER 30 YEARS. I STARTED WHEN I WAS 18 AND LIKE I TOLD THEM BEFORE, IT SAVED MY LIFE. >> Reporter: BARBERS LIKE DERRICK IS A SUPPORT FIGURE. FOR THE TEENS WHO SIT IN HIS CHAIR. >> EVERYBODY THAT SITS IN MY HAIR I CALL NEPHEW AND THEY CALL ME UNCLE. THEY CAN TALK ABOUT ANYTHING. IT WILL STAY BETWEEN US. >> Reporter: LOCAL ACTIVIST ANTONIO STARTED COMMUNITY OUTREACH OUT OF WHAT HE SAID WAS A NEED TO INSPIRE YOUNG MEN. >> I KNEW THEN WE NEEDED NOT TO BE THE ADULT SITTING ON THE STAGE PROJECTING TO THE YOUTH, BUT WE NEEDED TO BE IN THE AUDIENCE LISTENING TO THE YOUTH PROJECT TO US. >> Reporter: AMID THE CITY'S CRIME SURGE HE TOOK THE BARBERSHOP TALKS INSIDE. SO FAR THIS YEAR THERE HAVE BEEN ANOTHER LIE 50 HOMICIDES ACROSS THE CITY WITH SIX OF THOSE VICTIMS UNDER THE AGE OF 18. >> I'M SICK AND TIRED OF BEING I'M SICK AND TIRED. I HAVE A 17-YEAR-OLD SON OF MY OWN. CAN'T IMAGINE, DON'T WANT TO IMAGINE. >> Reporter: THIS YEAR, ONE SPECIAL GUEST TRIES NOT TO MISS THE BARBERSHOP TALKS HIMSELF, INDIANA PACERS STAR GEORGE HILL JR., WHO SAYS PATTON HELPED GET HIM OFF THE STREETS. >> HE'S ONE OF THE GUYS WHEN I WAS COMING UP AS A KID THAT WAS KIND OF RUNNING AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD, I HAD THE SAME STRUGGLES AS THEM GROWING UP, SO THAT'S WHY IT'S IMPORTANT TO ME. >> Reporter: AND FOR STUDENTS LIKE ISAIAH WHITE, THIS PROGRAM IS A LIFELINE. >> I DON'T EVEN CARE ABOUT THE HAIRCUTS. I JUST WANT TO BE HERE BECAUSE I GET TO BE AROUND PEOPLE THAT ARE LIKE ME BECAUSE IT'S LIKE A CHANGE, LIKE. I GET REAL EMOTIONAL BECAUSE NOBODY HAS EVER DONE THAT BEFORE. AND IT'S, LIKE, I WANT TO BE HERE. >> OH, MY GOSH. I NEED A MINUTE, RIGHT? THAT WAS SO SAD AND JUST IT'S SO GREAT THAT THEY'RE DOING THAT BUT AS WE HAVE COVERED, I'M SO SORRY, GUYS, BUT AS WE'VE COVERED THE VIOLENCE AROUND THIS COUNTRY, THE GUN VIOLENCE AND HOW IT IMPACTS YOUTH TO HAVE A PROGRAM LIKE THIS TO SEE THE IMPACT IT HAS ON THOSE KIDS IS INCREDIBLE AND JUST A BIG SHOUTOUT TO -- I'M SO SORRY. I'M SO EMOTIONAL. I'M SO SAD. >> YOU SHOULDN'T BE SORRY. >> ABBY CRUZ, SHE TURNED US ON TO THAT STORY. YOU MAY RECOGNIZE HER FROM "POWER TRIP." SHE'S AN INCREDIBLE REPORTER. FOR HER TO BRING US THAT STORY IS GREAT. THANK YOU TO ABBY. >> WE SAW WHAT IT MEANT TO ISAIAH AND WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU. >> AND THAT ONE MAN SAYING HE NEEDED TO BE IN THE AUDIENCE TO BE LISTENING. WE SEE THE IMPACT DIRECTLY.

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