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FOUNDATION FOR LETTERS INC

FOUNDATION FOR LETTERS INC
CROWDRISE : Jan 13, 2016
Tax ID: 45-4779338
BASED: New York, NY, United States

CHARITY WEBSITE: www.foundationforletters.org

FOUNDATION FOR LETTERS INC

Writing & Literacy - NYC

The Foundation for Letters connects underserved schools with networks of partners, volunteers and donors to elevate student achievement by providing innovative writing-intensive programs.

In 2015, the percentage of NYC students in grades 3-8 achieving a “proficient” (passing) score on the English Language Arts test was 30.4%. The percentages of Black and Hispanic students scoring at the proficiency level in ELA were 19.0 and 19.8 percent, respectively. In 2016, the scores jumped to 38% overall, with Black and Hispanic students improving to 26.5% and 27.2%. This improvement indicates that while overall proficiency levels may be improving, the lagging achievement levels of students of color remains a critical issue in education today.

Many of the efforts to close this significant “achievement gap” have been properly focused on early childhood education. That focus ignores that urban, low income students, particularly students of color from underserved urban neighborhoods, enter 9th grade well behind their more affluent classmates. As a result, they struggle to reach “college readiness”, hampering their ability to matriculate to, and more importantly, to remain enrolled and succeed in college and beyond.

The Foundation for Letters does not believe that it is “too late” once a student has reached high school with a pre-existing college readiness deficit. FFL is working to close that gap by providing opportunities for urban high school students to write, which would not be available to them without access to otherwise unreachable resources.

Our Strategy is focused on immersing students in the written and spoken word. We believe that increased fluency can lead to improved academic performance, increased college readiness, and better global citizenship. FFL raises private funds, creates partnerships and manages a growing volunteer network that helps design and implement programs that focus urban high school students on writing more, writing better, and expressing themselves. By focusing our resources where they are needed most, FFL works to close this gap in high school educational achievement.

FFL works with a broad network of experienced writers, educators, literary professionals and other committed volunteers, all of whom earn a living using words. Our individual, corporate, and not-for-profit partners share our literacy-based educational vision or our belief in the value an external support network can bring to an urban school.

Tax ID: 45-4779338 • www.foundationforletters.org

Fundraisers

FFL Fellows Program

FFL Fellows Program

Amount Raised:

$300

Mike...in a little coat.

Mike...in a little coat.

Amount Raised:

$1,640

 

33% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Sarose & The Sole Mates

Sarose & The Sole Mates

Amount Raised:

$25

 

2% Raised of $1,500 Goal

Run Reuben Run!

Run Reuben Run!

Amount Raised:

$310

PhDelicious

PhDelicious

Amount Raised:

$1,140

 

114% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Team Supernova NYC

Team Supernova NYC

Amount Raised:

$4,935

 

99% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Events

2018 BROOKLYN 5/15K WITH FFL: READ, WRITE, RUN!

2018 BROOKLYN 5/15K WITH FFL: READ,...

Amount:

$9,005

 

60% Raised of $15,000 Goal

2013 Run

2013 Run

Amount:

$125

2017 BROOKLYN 5/10/15K WITH FFL: READ, WRITE, RUN!

2017 BROOKLYN 5/10/15K WITH FFL: RE...

Amount:

$13,790

 

69% Raised of $20,000 Goal

Brooklyn 5/10/15K with FFL: Run for Writing!

Brooklyn 5/10/15K with FFL: Run for...

Amount:

$16,591

 

111% Raised of $15,000 Goal