Here in Philadelphia our young children are struggling to read. According to Grade Level Reading, “one in six children who are not reading proficiently in third grade do not graduate from high school on time, a rate four times greater than that for proficient readers.” However, we can change this with your help. The Reading Captains initiative is a push to raise the literacy rate for the children in our city. By joining, you will be supporting families in your community by connecting them to the essential information, resources, and services that they need to grow their child into a strong reader.
To be a Reading Captain, you must be 18 years old or older and someone who your neighbors can turn to. Reading Captains are required to attend a 90 minute orientation to learn about the literacy crisis in Philadelphia, the resources and services that support families, and connect with other Reading Captains. You will receive a manual full of talking points and messages; a tote bag full of SWAG, resources about early literacy, early language skills, reading levels, and attendance; and will receive a monthly newsletter to stay up to date with new tools and messages to support the families around you!
Every neighborhood is unique and we encourage all Reading Captains to create a literacy filled environment. Our next orientation will be part of the 23rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at Girard College. This is a great opportunity to honor the legacy of Dr. King by supporting literacy in Philadelphia. For more information about this orientation and to sign up, click here!