Joziah Jason, a 10-year-old fifth grader, started a podcast to share his love of reading. Generally known as “R.E.A.D. Books with Joziah” (Learn, Discover, Adore & Talk about), the Ypsilanti, Michigan, native affords guide critiques and suggestions to his viewers.
“Studying can take you just about wherever you wish to go,” Joziah acknowledged in an interview with Michigan Live.
His father, Keith Jason, handles the modifying course of. Nothing makes Keith happier than watching his son, a lifelong reader, share this ardour with others. Each father and son mentioned the obstacles of social media when launching the podcast and have continued these conversations, together with methods to deal with destructive feedback.
“It’s a must to scroll previous plenty of that and let it roll off your again,” Keith Jason says.
Joziah Jason has three episodes below his belt, holding a voice so impassioned for the written phrase. His aim is to share his love of studying to the broader group — Joziah and his dad go to the Yspilanti Library and Black Stone Bookstore for partaking in literary pursuits.
Joziah and the Learn To the Barber Program
Joziah’s podcast origins started when he was 6 years outdated. He started collaborating within the Read To the Barber program at Fuller Minimize, an area Ypsilanti barbershop. Via this system, youngsters are incentivized to learn books to barbers, and so they obtain a $2 low cost for doing so. This invaluable studying program provides many African American youngsters the prospect to see optimistic illustration mirrored in each their group and books.
Ryan Griffin and Alex Fuller have been visitors on Joziah’s current podcast, by which they shared the origins of the Learn to the Barber program. Ryan Griffin defined that this worthwhile program started in 2015, modeled after a program Griffin observed in Harlem.
“Whereas chopping hair, I may very well be extra productive with my time,” Fuller mentioned on the podcast episode. “I wanted to be extra accountable in my group.”
Alex echoed Griffin’s sentiments. “When a baby is available in and so they see somebody that appears like them, and may examine them, it’s fantastic. Our barbershop carries nothing however optimistic tales.”
Each Ryan and Alex applaud Joziah’s progress from Studying to the Barber participant to working a guide podcast.
“You’re a prime instance of this going full circle,” Griffin declares.
Come R.E.A.D. with Joziah Jason!
Take a look at Joziah’s heartwarming interview with Ryan and Alex at R.E.A.D. Books with Joziah’s page. You’ll additionally take heed to his most up-to-date guide critiques.
Joziah really carries the torch for studying.