THE LITERACY CHALLENGE
85% of America’s black male 4th grade students are not proficient in reading.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE.
Every dollar invested in a Barbershop Books reading space generates 27 minutes of reading in a barbershop.
Help black boys ages 4-8 identify as readers by connecting books and reading to a male-centered space and by involving men in boys early reading experiences.
MEET OUR FOUNDER
Alvin Irby is a passionate educator committed to innovative curriculum, child-centered education, and transformative teaching and leadership. He holds a Masters in childhood education from the Bank Street Graduate School of Education, a Masters of Public Administration from the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University, and a Bachelor's from Grinnell College. As a national speaker and award-winning social entrepreneur, Irby has established himself as a thought leader in early childhood education and as a cultural competency specialist. His debut children’s book, Gross Greg, combines his passion for early literacy and humor. Irby's laugh-out-loud picture book about a boy who loves eating his boogers has received stellar endorsements from teachers and children across America.
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