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Vision & Values

We envision a future where all children in the US have the reading skills necessary to reach their full potential.

Our mission

Our mission is to help children become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction with measurable results.

Our commitment to educational equity

We believe in the power of educational equity to interrupt systemic racism, poverty, and social inequality. Racism and anti-Blackness have penetrated every system and institution, including our education system where students of color have not received equitable learning opportunities. Our organization exists to uproot these deeply ingrained educational obstacles.

Our values

Reading matters

We fundamentally believe that theĀ ability to read transforms lives and changes outcomes for children andĀ communities. We want every child toĀ experience the joy and power ofĀ becoming a lifelong reader, and weĀ are focused on this mission.

Big challenges are our thing

We seize opportunities to make aĀ positive impact, and are relentless in the pursuit of our mission and goals. We take ownership, act with urgency, arenā€™t afraid to do the hard work, and give 100 percent every day.

Volunteers get results

We know that service andĀ volunteerism work. We mobilize and intentionally nurture a community of AmeriCorps members, volunteers, andĀ partners to make a difference.

Together we are better

We believe that everyone has a part to play in working to close the opportunity gap, and that collaborative efforts create unlimited potential for students and communities. We maximize impact through collective leadership and build meaningfulĀ partnerships to advance our sharedĀ vision and strategy.

Data drive decisions

We use research and evidence to develop our programs and initiatives, and to ensure exceptional results. We enthusiastically and continuously question what we know and how we do things to generate knowledge of what works best.

Laughter keeps us going

We encourage, appreciate, andĀ celebrate each other with exuberance and a sense of humor. We embrace joy, eccentricity, and a healthy doseĀ of laughter in our daily work.

Our strategic plan

Over the next several years, we will transform who we are as an organization to exponentially increase educational access and early literacy support for students who need it most. Learn more about our plans.

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