ReadStrong2000 is an education nonprofit dedicated to improving students' reading skills. We work in Title I elementary schools to support students from low-income communities who are reading 6 months to 2.5 years below grade-level.
Literacy is defined as "using printed and written information to function in society, to achieve one's goals, and to develop one's knowledge and potential." One in four children in America grow up without learning how to read. Two-thirds of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare. Over 70 percent of America’s inmates cannot read above a 4th grade level. Future prison population projections are based on our third grade reading scores.
This is not just an individual’s tragedy, this is our tragedy – yours, mine, America’s. And it is preventable. Our teachers are working tirelessly to end this cycle of illiteracy. They all too often feel, and justifiably so, that they are alone in this endeavor. Funding is cut, classes grow larger, parents are busy or unable to read themselves. Children are coming to school with so many “outside” problems that they are unable to focus or connect to their learning.
ReadStrong2000 recruits and trains caring adult community volunteers to work one-on-one with students. Volunteers encourage students to believe in themselves and their success, not only in school, but also in life.
Students reading below grade level in third grade are four times as likely as their peers to drop out of school before earning their diploma. Dropping out of school and failing to attend college comes with a real price, both to the individual and to society. High school dropouts are more likely than those who graduate to be arrested.
Our mission is to unite the community with the educational system to ensure that literacy is a realistic goal for all children. We provide one-on-one tutoring and mentoring within the school system and in conjunction with the teacher and classroom to help a child become a successful reader.
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” W B Yeats
According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress in 2011, just 34% of our nation’s fourth graders could read proficiently. Once students start to fall behind in reading, they tend to fall faster and further behind their peers with each passing year.
“Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” Oliver Wendell Holmes
ReadStrong2000 builds a partnership with teachers, parents, and community volunteers to provide students the support they need to succeed. By providing volunteer tutors research-based, structured lesson plans designed to focus on the individual needs of our students, ReadStong2000 is helping students become strong, confident readers with a passion for learning. ReadStrong2000 Works.
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go." Dr. Seuss