WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Hey kids, it's almost time for back to school and that means getting the dreaded haircut.
This year, 200 lucky White Plains boys and teens can get their haircut for free thanks to the city's My Brother’s Keeper Initiative which is aimed at making sure area young people meet their full potential and have the tools they need to succeed.
Mayor Thomas Roach said: "This program is another example of community partnership where businesses work to help our youth succeed in school."
The haircuts will be offered from Monday, Aug. 28 through Saturday, Sept. 2 for elementary and middle school age youth, at several participating barbershops throughout the city, said Laura Montoya, of the White Plains Youth Bureau.
To receive a free haircut, parents or the teens need to contact Montoya at 914-422-1378 Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to receive a voucher. The voucher will have the locations stamped on them.
Montoya suggests participants called and make an appointment ahead of time to make sure they receive their free cut.
Erwin Gilliam, the owner of Erwin Gilliam Barber Shop, says he is happy to participate in the program: "Kids going back to school with a fresh haircut will get a boost in their morale helping them to start the school year not only with a great look but feeling confident as well."
He added that the initiative will help parents keep a few dollars in their pocket book to buy school supplies.
Participating White Plains barbershops include:
- D'Cache Barber Shop, 58 Lake St.
- Kenson Barber Shop, 47 Mamaroneck Ave.
- Erwin Barber Shop, 255 Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd.
- Janisly Barber Shop, 96 East Post Road.
- Hair on Lexington, 201 S. Lexington Ave.
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