USA

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.

FREDERICK DOUGLASS

In the United States, literacy rates vary greatly between racial and socioeconomic groups:

  • More than 60% of low-income families have no children’s books in their home

  • There is a 30 million word gap between children from the wealthiest and poorest families.

That’s why the North America World Literacy Foundation is working to change the future for these children. We are partnering with local schools and communities to provide children’s books, tutoring, literacy support, pop-up libraries and general awareness activities to children and families from disadvantaged backgrounds.

As an example of one of our projects, in February 2019 we are launched Michigan Reads, an initiative to provide tutoring and literacy resources to children from marginalized backgrounds in Michigan (State-wide).

Learn more: www.MichiganReads.org.

SOME OUTCOMES 2017 – 2018

    • We provided 15,000 books to children in disadvantaged

    • We engaged 150 schools to participate in International Literacy Day.

    • We empowered 60 WLF Youth Ambassadors to work collaboratively in their communities and schools for literacy.