Read a Story, Change a Life

  • Location
    Anaheim, California
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The Problem

While volunteering at my local library I learned that children not reading at grade level by the end of first grade have an 88 percent chance of not reading at grade level by the end of fourth grade. If this cycle continues these children are four times more likely to drop out of school. It was this sobering statistic that moved me to create, "Read a Story, Change a Life," a program designed to help promote literacy, inspire imagination, and build lifelong readers through storytelling and writing workshops. I am partnering with Higher Ground Youth and Family Services, a local nonprofit outreach program servicing at-risk youth and Lincoln Elementary School in Anaheim, California to incorporate my program into their existing intervention and after school programs. Higher Ground supports over 300 low incomes families, including 900 at-risk children. My program will focus on the 120 children in grades first through fourth.

Our Plan

Once I had a clear vision of the program I wanted to create I sought out experts in the field of Library Science for advice. I contacted Ms. Amy Paino, a Children's Librarian at the Yorba Linda Public Library, who mentored me through the process of building a literacy program that would be both educational and entertaining. I reached out to high school students from four different high schools with experience in theater, creative writing and design and invited them to join me in the creation process. I recruited volunteers to help sew costumes and props. I reached out to local businesses such as Sherwin Williams and Staples for donations of supplies which were generously donated. After three months of creation and rehearsal "Read a Story, Change a Life", is now a reality!

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