P Michael Boone is the owner of Haute Barber Inc. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He started a junior barber academy to teach young men the skill they needed when it came to cutting hair, including their own.
And maybe later get a side hustle while studying in school. Neijae Graham – Henries was the youngest and the only female student of her class.
When Neijae was seven, her older brother enrolled in the facility but after orientation, he quit. Neijae decided to give it a try and she ended up loving it. She went through the same training his older classmates went through, and had the same assignments as the older kids. She completed the six weeks course and received a certificate after. She was has been cutting hair ever since.
“I never expect to see a young lady in my class, but she was eager to learn, and I gave her the same guidance I’d give my older students.”
Her skills were put to test not long after she got her credentials. There was a back to school event in the neighborhood so between 300 to 400 children showed up to the barber shop wanting to get haircuts. The second grade student who had just turned 8 years old helped cut hair with the guidance of her teacher.
Michael Boone was inspired by this young protégé. He decided he was going to set aside a day in a month to give homeless guys haircuts with Neijae as his right hand help.
Her parents must be so proud of their young entrepreneur.
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