Local program encourages African-American boys

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A local organization has teamed up with a Norfolk barbershop to help close the achievement gap among African-American students.

Clever Communities in Action started in 2011 and focuses on promoting positive cultural representation through educational programs.

President and Ceo Starr Armstrong said their newest program, Razor Sharp Readers, will meet kids where they visit.

“It’s like a rite of passage. It’s a community activity in the African-American community, so why not meet the children where they are already,” she said about starting the program inside a barbershop.

Better Barbers, off Tidewater Drive, will allow children to pick out books and read them to their barbers.

The books they can chose from have African-American characters.


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