'Boys to Barbers' program gives young Memphians chance to thrive - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

'Boys to Barbers' program gives young Memphians chance to thrive

(Source: Timothy Cogbill via Facebook) (Source: Timothy Cogbill via Facebook)
(Source: Timothy Cogbill via Facebook) (Source: Timothy Cogbill via Facebook)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A group of Memphis boys are learning a trade thanks to a generous barber.

Timothy Cogbill, owner of Hair Xclusive in Frayser, created the "Boys to Barbers" program, which is designed to give young men a chance to learn how to cut hair.

Cogbill helped fund the program with a GoFundMe page with which he raised enough money to purchase barber tools for the boys who enrolled in the program.

Cogbill, who started cutting hair when he was 13, said his passion for being a barber helped him avoid turning to crime and drugs like some of his friends did.

"This can not only put money in their pockets, but it can give them a head start into building clientele for the rest of their career," Cogbill said.

The program kicked off Monday. Cogbill said the boys will be learning the skills necessary to be a barber, and they will soon start putting those skills to the test.

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