Books, Barbers and Badges: how local businesses and law enforcement join to increase reading in the youth

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – Local Baton Rouge organizations have partnered together to create a project to increase the youth’s interest in reading.

The Baton Rouge Police Department is one of many local businesses that are a part of the Barbers, Books and Badges program. The program’s strategy is to increase the interest in reading and reading comprehension in the youth, but also to help identify areas of trauma that may be affecting the youth.

Local businesses that are a part of Barbers, Books and Badges include: 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge, First United Methodist Church Baton Rouge, William Cosey Barber Shop, AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana, ReCast Baton Rouge and The Bridge Agency Inc.

The intention of the project is to improve academic performance as well as civic behavior.

Kids are encouraged to interact with law enforcement and develop a relationship between the youth and law enforcement.

An official recognition event will be at William Cosey Barber Shop on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 10 a.m. The barber shop is located at 1640 Plank Rd.

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