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 Results: The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org