NY Jets DE Jarvis Jenkins sponsors Barbershop Books in Harlem

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 ( ENSPIRE COMMUNITY ) NY Jets DE Jarvis Jenkins sponsors Barbershop Books in Harlem

We are facing times where we have to use every opportunity to educate our youth. Steps to a better community do not have to be big, they just have to be taken. On Tuesday morning, NY Jets Defensive End Jarvis Jenkins stopped by the International Hair Studio in Harlem to donate and unveil a brand new Barbershop Books reading space for kids.

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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While there, Jarvis read a children’s book to elementary school students from the Alaine L. Locke Magnet School. Afterwards, he was joined by the Founder and Chief Reading Inspirer of Barbershop Books, Alvin Irby, to discuss the importance of early reading among minority children, since they suffer from drastically poor literacy rates compared to white children. Irby’s focus is to get kids away from the Ipad’s and video games to gain a concept of learning outside of school. These are the types of initiatives we feel can make an impact on a young child’s life and must commend Alvin Irby on his foundation.

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Jenkins also explained his personal struggle through the education system and why he felt the need to donate a new reading space at the Harlem barbershop. Jarvis Jenkins is an American football defensive end for the New York Jets of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at Clemson University. We admire Jenkins honesty and using his platform to be used for this type of progress.
jarvis jenkins reading to the kids at barbershop books in harlem

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