In 2020 Line4Line received funding from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation to pilot a barbering program at Capitol High School. This program introduced students to the art and business of barbering. Designed as a once a week class and embedded within the school campus the Line4Line team transformed a classroom into a vibrant barbershop classroom complete with colorfully painted walls, mirrors, barber chairs, ring lights, video monitors, hair bowls, comfortable seating and a lending library full of books to support literacy.
Licensed barber and certified instructor O’Neil Curtis follows a curriculum that provides an introduction to barbering and a window into how barbering/haircutting can be an excellent career. Students who successfully complete this class receive one-on-one support on applying to barber school, have opportunities for scholarships and can be placed in paid apprentices at O’Neil’s Barber & Beauty Salon
The success of Line4Line’s barbering class is based on O’Neil Curtis’ expertise as a barber, his unique hands-on teaching style and rapport with students. Growing up in Baton Rouge, O’Neil authentically relates to teens creating a level of respect and trust that establishes an optimal learning environment.
Students enrolled in the class learn the basics of barbering and gain an understanding of the science of hair through live demonstrations, readings, quizzes, videos and hands on practice. Designed for teens interested in a career in hair, the class introduces students to techniques and tools used in the industry while also providing an overview of how to secure a barber license, create a financial and marketing plan, find employment and ultimately own a business.