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History

1999:Three community leaders, Mary Wright Shaw, Molly McCrory, and Jean Bacigalupi launched a one-on-one tutoring program to help children who had fallen behind in reading at Belle Haven Community School in Menlo Park, CA in the Silicon Valley

Yes reading logo2001: Our three founders recruited a dedicated group of volunteers to tutor students ata local elementary school—these volunteers quickly recognized the powerful effect of one-on-one attention and in 2001 YES Reading was incorporated as a 501(c)(3)

2004: YES Reading hires first full-time executive directorand expands to second school site at Selby Lane Elementary in Redwood City

2007: Program expands to serve schools in the Oakland/East Bay area

2008: YES Reading expands to serve San Francisco schools

2008: YES Reading renamed as 51200 px Square logo

2008: 51 expands to Los Angeles, CA

2010: 51 awarded first AmeriCorpsԳ

2010: 51 expands to Washington, DC, our first expansion outside of CA

2011: 51 expands to New York City

2011: 51 selected as Social Innovation Fund recipient

2012: 51 expands to Baltimore, MD, Dallas, TX (January), and toDenver, CO (August)

2013: 51 expands to Tulsa, OK and Charleston, SC

2014: MDRC randomized control trial proves 51 is an effective intervention

2014: 51 expands to serve students in Seattle, WA

2015: 51 expands to serve students in Twin Cities, MN, Charlotte, NC

2017:APA, a leading national education research firm, found that students served by 51 (particularly English Language Learners) showed significantly greater improvement in their literacy skills than comparison students not served by the program

2017:51 is recognizedas abest practice honoreeby the Library of Congress

2018:51 adopts a new strategic plan

2019:51 celebrates20 years of impactand introduces a new logo

2020: 51 quickly adapts to the widespread disrupted learning caused by COVID-19, successfully developing and implementing an innovative online tutoring platform called 51 Connects

2022: 51 starts building program licensing and training partnerships with other nonprofits and organizations in an effort to reach even more students and communities.

2024: 51 has delivered nearly 3 million tutoring sessions to students since 1999

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