Read United, an initiative of United Way of Central Georgia, addresses the literacy challenges facing Central Georgia. We accomplish this by recruiting volunteers from the community to tutor K-3rd graders in reading. Reading proficiently by the end of 3rd grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success. So, by volunteering on a weekly basis with students at school, volunteers will:
- Help children improve their reading skills and, in turn, impact their future
- Become a positive influence in the life of a child as a mentor
- Engage in the effort to build a stronger community
Statistics from Annie E. Casey Foundation
Children develop much of their capacity to learn in the first 3 years of life. The amount of words they hear during this stage will greatly impact their success in reading.
Children raised in excessive poverty hear 30 million fewer words by age 4 and receive 750,000 fewer encouraging comments.
By the end of 3rd grade, students must master reading so that they can read to learn.
Students who can't read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade are 4x less likely to graduate by age 19.
Add poverty to the mix, and students are 13x less likely to graduate on time.
When students don’t graduate, they are significantly more likely to become incarcerated, become teen parents, or be unemployed.
A united community helping students achieve reading proficiency, graduation, and self-sufficiency.
Building a stronger community, closing achievement gaps, increasing graduation rates, and disrupting the cycle of poverty by addressing the literacy challenges facing Central Georgia. This will be accomplished through organizing and equipping volunteers to tutor students to become proficient readers by the end of 3rd grade.