Barbering Academy Helps Ex-Cons Transition Back Into The Workforce

Nov 27, 2013

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray met Tuesday with ex-cons who are making their way back into the community via the barbershop.

The Lexington Academy of Barbering has been aiding former prisoners with the transition back into regular life since 2008.

"It's kind of like a revolving door because we have open enrollment and so the students come in, they spend their ten months here, and then they graduate and they proceed on out into the real world of barbering," says Brenda Yates, the academy’s director.

Roughly a hundred former felons and underemployed residents have made their way through the program.

Anthony Weathers is a graduate and he credits the academy with giving him a solid foundation.

"Without this program... I don't even think I would have made it this long, to be honest, because this is like a home away from home," he says.

The academy is located off Winchester Road.