This barber pays kids to read a book out loud during haircuts

City Cuts owner Jon Escueta and barber Jerry Jones pose with 8-year-old Connor after a haircut.

(CNN)The buzzing of clippers, men's laughter and the sound of TV sports echo off the walls of City Cuts.

At first, it seems like a typical barber shop. But listen closely, and you'll hear snippets of poetry or lines from "Diaries of a Wimpy Kid."
Behind these barber's chairs stand men committed to helping kids build self-esteem through reading.
It's all because of a program, "Books by Kids," started by Jon Escueta, the founder and owner of this barbershop in Kutztown, Pennsylvania.
    His young customers get $3 to read a book of their choice during their haircut. Customers and community members donate the books and funds. There's also a GoFundMe account to help cover costs.
    "Our goal is for the kids to boost their confidence in front of others without fear of being judged," says Escueta.
    He believes that as youngsters begin to feel more comfortable reading to their barber, they will carry their confidence into adulthood.
    Escueta put up the first $50 and watched his idea slowly take off. But, it wasn't until he uploaded a video to Facebook of a boy reading to his barber that his idea became a movement.
    The video has more than 13 million views. Escueta says at least 10 other barber shops and hair salons around the country have similar programs.

    He can relate to shy children

    Escueta's desire to empower children stems from his own childhood pain.
    The 32-year-old immigrated when he was 8 from the Philippines.
    He credits an aunt and uncle for guiding him as a teenager. But it wasn't easy.
    "I didn't know English and that was a lot," he says. "I felt like I was being judged."