8-Year-Old Barber Neijae Graham-Henries Celebrates Passing Barber Training By Giving Free Haircuts To The Community
Neijae Graham-Henries has a philanthropic spirit that is to be admired. This past summer, the 8-year-old Philadelphia resident attended the Junior Barber Academy lead by P. Michael Boone. Boone created a six-week program to give young men the tools they needed to become a barber.
Henries younger brother attended the orientation but later decided that fit wasn’t quite right for him. Instead, his sister attended the first day as the youngest girl in an all-boy class. Henries devotion and dedication to her craft, caused her not to miss any days of the program. “I never expected 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,” Boone told Yahoo Style. Upon her completion, the budding barber and future entrepreneur decided to give back to the community by giving out free haircuts.
This initiative, also led by Boone, is a back-to-school event where 300-400 kids get free haircuts before the head back to the classroom. Henries volunteered her time by executing some of the haircuts with her own clippers! He was so impressed by her hard work that he’d like her to volunteer at another community event. “I’m going to be cutting hair for the homeless in November, and I already asked Neijae to come along,” Boone says.
“I am very proud of her. She was a great student, and I am excited to see where this will take her,” he reminisced. It is a beautiful thing to watch kids find their passion. Henries’ entrepreneurial spirit is admirable. There are people who live every day of their lives doing what they hate because they’re too scared to do what they love. How amazing would this world be if we approached our dreams the way children do?