2016 Grant Recipients

LITERACY CONNECTS-4th Year Grant-$15,000

Diamond Fund Matching Grant: $2,500

Agency Background:  Literacy Connects was created in 2011 through the merger of five existing literacy organizations based in Pima County. Their major programs include: “Reach Out and Read Southern Arizona” which partners with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.  “Reading Seed” helps children learn to read and “Stories that Soar!”, a multi-faceted literacy and arts program which empowers youth by giving voice to their original words and creative ideas.

Focus of 2016 Grant: Reading Seed Children’s Literacy Program   Funding is requested to support Literacy Connects Reading Seed program at five high-need elementary schools in the 2016-2017 school year. Reading Seed recruits and trains volunteer reading coaches from the community to assist children reading below grade level in grades kindergarten through five.

Measurable ResultsThe Dept. of Ed. at the UA conducted a study of the Reading Seed program and found that 87% of children progressed by at least one reading level in two months.  Of the approximately 300 children to be served at Nash, Walter Douglas, Blenman, Dietz and Myer- Ganoung in 2015-2016 at least 70% are expected to progress at least one reading level by the end of the school year.

Contact: Amber Mazzei, Director of Development amazzei@literacyconnects.org