International Mens day is celebrated annually on November 19th. Local non-profit organization Initiate Spark commemorated International Mens day this year, by hosting a barbershop takeover and contributing food supplies to the Boys Training school.
These activities were meant to shine a light on pressing issues affecting men and boys in Antigua and Barbuda, as well as to offer support to an organization mandated with educating, training and reforming boys and young men.
The barbershop takeover was held at the Magic Scissors barbershop and engaged 4 persons in discussions around mens health seeking behaviour, conflict resolution, healthy relationships, gender roles and fatherhood. Persons involved in the discussion included Daryl George, Zahra Airall, Arthur Thomas Jr and Jamie Saunders. The takeover was filmed by Jamz Pari visuals.
Initiate Spark Vice President Michael John stated that the purpose of the Barbershop takeover was to “teach our boys what it takes to be respectable and exemplary men who are emotionally and psychologically capable of making a positive difference, because they care.’’ The Initiate Spark barbershop takeover can be viewed on Initiate Spark’s social media pages on Instagram and Facebook which is @initiatespark on both platforms.
The NGO also made a contribution of food supplies to the Boys Training School. The group recognized that the boys and the organization could stand to benefit from some support as we all continue to grapple with the implications of COVID 19. Initiate Spark Secretary Jamie Saunders indicated that “it is the group’s hope that the contribution is one that will bring some added relief to the boys and their families and we encourage other groups and organizations to assist the Boys Training school in any way that they can, as they continue their important work in molding the future of these boys in positive and impactful ways.’’ Additionally, Initiate Spark expressed thanks to Wheels Supermarket for its contribution towards the donation made.