Jets DE Jarvis Jenkins helping to tackle Illiteracy Dan Leberfeld

*Barbershop Books CEO Alvin Irby and NFL Jets defensive end Jarvis Jenkins will unveil a new Barbershop Books reading space alongside elementary students at Alaine L. Locke Magnet School at the International Hair Studio in Harlem.

In addition to Irby discussing his approach to tackle the low literacy rates among African-American children, Jenkins will also explain his personal literacy and education experiences and why it was important to him to donate a new reading space at the Harlem barbershop.

About: Barbershop Books is a community-based literacy program that creates child-friendly reading spaces in barbershops for boys ages 4-8. It leverages the cultural significance of barbershops in Black communities to help black boys identify as readers. This innovative approach connects black men and families to black boys’ early reading experiences.

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