WANT TO READ FOR A GREAT CAUSE? JOIN THE BOOK TRUCK 2020 READ-A-THON! 4TH ANNUAL READ-A-THON! On Dec. 6th, participants will spend the day reading to fight the literacy crisis for foster care, homeless, and low-income teens. This is a virtual fundraiser, so you can read from anywhere!!
“Your Future is an Open Book!”
On December 6th, Read-a-thon participants will spend the day reading to fight the literacy crisis for foster care, homeless, and low-income teens.
Show your support by donating – and thanks to an anonymous donor, your support will go twice as far!! All donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000.00!!
Our fight to stop learning loss because of Covid-19:
Because of the pandemic, our teens have increased their demand for books now more than ever. Given the challenges of Covid, the already difficult learning environment for these vulnerable underserved teens has resulted in a profound loss of learning, especially for those at risk of dropping out. In response, we created an exciting new programming initiative, Lit Boxes. Though we have paused our event-based programming, we have been distributing Lit Boxes filled with free high-interest books and literacy materials to underserved teens throughout LA County.
How we know our programs works:
Our programming doubles and triples the number of teens reading in underserved communities, where dropout rates can be as high as 50%.
Why it’s important:
Higher literacy rates mean lower rates of teen pregnancy, incarceration, and poverty.
You can shape the future of teens in these communities by supporting our Read-a-thon!!
Become a volunteer at our teen literacy events! We’ll train you to become an official book expert to help other teens find and take home the perfect books. Once you’re trained, you’ll be able to volunteer at any of our teen literacy events across LA County.
Teens who read more perform better in vocabulary, spelling, writing, and mathematics (Sullivan & Brown 2013). Those with access to their own books also have significantly higher reading scores. Additionally, reading has been shown to produce the same health benefits as deep relaxation so readers have lower stress, higher self-esteem, and less depression than non-readers (Dovey 2015). In fact, research shows that reading enjoyment is more important for educational success than socio-economic status (OECD 2002).