Baton Rouge barber’s inspirational journey from troubled past to community leader

BATON ROUGE — Shawn White is now a barber, choosing to turn around his troubled past into a new beginning. As the summer is drawing to a close, parents are doing what they can to ensure their kids are ready for the new school year.

Snip-it Barbershop on Evangeline Street in Baton Rouge stepped in to help out Monday by offering free haircuts all day.

For Baton Rouge native Shawn White, it was a chance to give back to a community he loves. He talked about the atypical route he took to become a barber.

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“I started getting into trouble, hanging around the wrong crowd, trying to do what I saw other people doing,” he recalled. “I wasn’t being a leader like I know I am. I got in trouble one time, and that was when I was like, ‘Man, I gotta change my life.’ I bought some clippers and ordered everything I needed from Amazon to cut a full head. Barbering really chose me.”

White could have nearly missed out on pursuing his passion if not for the help of Another Chance Bail Bonds.

“I got in trouble two years ago, and Another Chance, Meg was the one that bonded me out of jail,” he said. “She’s kind of been more like a mentor ever since. Another Chance was more than just bonding me out of jail. Some people bond you out of jail, and you pay them, and then, bye. This one wasn’t like that. She always made sure I had my head on straight, and I was doing the right stuff.”

White said there need to be activities to occupy children’s time in the community to prevent them from making some of the mistakes he did.

“After sports in high school, there is really nothing for kids out here,” he said. “It’s up to us older people to make outlets for people to give them something to do out here. As a community, we need to come together in Baton Rouge and figure out something to do to get kids interested in wanting to have fun instead of wanting to get in trouble.”

Shawn White will admit he had a strong mentor who helped change his life from the troubled past to who is he now. One thing of note forever is not only did Meg at Another Chance mentor him, White had to accept her help and be willing to change his life around.

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