Line4Line, a creative literacy nonprofit in Baton Rouge, La, uses books with art to excite, empower, and get kids interested in reading and learning. The organization began in 2016 as several barbers volunteering their time to give young men a fresh cut if they read a book aloud and has since evolved and expanded into schools and other creative spaces.
HAIRCUTS FOR READING – On the first Monday of each month from 4-7 pm O’Neil’s Barbershop opens its doors to provide boys ages 3-13 with free haircuts in exchange for reading books aloud with a mentor.
HIGH SCHOOL BARBERING – The High School Barbering program began in 2020 at Capitol High School and has expanded to Thrive Academy. Licensed barber and certified instructor O’Neil Curtis follows a curriculum that provides an introduction to barbering as well as how to create a financial and marketing plan, find employment or open their own business. Click here for more information.
CHANGE THE NARRATIVE – Change the Narrative is a creative literacy program designed by Line4Line combining diverse books with art projects to promote identity, agency, kindness, and joy. This year long program is currently being piloted for for K-5 students at Merrydale Elementary in East Baton Rouge Parish and is funded in part by the Pennington Family Foundation. To learn more click here.
ARTS INTEGRATION – Line4Line brings our signature creative literacy art programs to schools and organizations across the Capital Area. We provide all the supplies and teaching and can design custom lessons tailored to enhance your curriculum. To learn more and request services click here.
YOUTH MENTORING – Line4Line’s youth mentoring programs include bowling with Coach Jimi and basketball with Coach Brady and Coach Lloyd. These free programs are open to ages 9 & up, and are supported in part by New Schools for Baton Rouge. Click above for program registration.