Read to a Child is a nonprofit literacy and mentoring organization that inspires caring adults to read aloud regularly to at-risk children to create better opportunities for the child’s future.
Research shows that reading aloud to children is the single most important activity for eventual success in reading, which is a key factor for success in school, work, and life. When an adult reads aloud to a child, both parties have a joyful, rewarding experience that instills a love of reading, improves literacy skills, and enhances a child’s self-confidence.
Overview of Read to a Child's lunchtime reading program with interviews of volunteers, staff and elementary school teachers.
Volunteer Reading Mentor and Elementary School Student
Another Volunteer Reading Mentor and Elementary School Student
Yet another Volunteer Reading Mentor and Elementary School Student
Lunchtime reading program data and results from School Year 2014-2015
Statistic that lunchtime reading program seeks to change
Lunchtime Reading Program
Read to a Child's mission is to increase children's success in reading and in life by inspiring adults to read to them regularly. To this end, business professionals in Miami are recruited & trained as volunteer reading mentors and are paired with underserved elementary school students. Once a week, during lunch, volunteers read aloud to the children, often from 1st through 4th grade. Having a caring adult, spend one-on-one time weekly with a child, has a huge impact on a child's reading skills & self-esteem. The program aims to prevent the 2/3rds of low income students in the US that are not reading at grade level by 4th grade from ending up in welfare or in jail.
Last year, with 1433 volunteers, we served 1,150 students and 93% of children had measurable improvements in 10 reading & social skills. We operate in 31 urban elementary schools in the US, including the Coral Way K-8 & Pine Lake elementary in Miami. We seek funds to open new schools and serve more needy students.