The mission of Read Alliance is to improve the educational trajectory of at-risk, early elementary students through one-to-one tutoring in foundational reading skills. Established in 1999, Read Alliance is a not-for-profit organization that improves the chances for academic success of the educationally and economically disadvantaged children we serve by ensuring they possess the reading skills necessary to read grade-appropriate text and catch up to their classmates.
While tackling the lack of school readiness among low-income children remains the core of our mission, how we accomplish this addresses a second challenge: chronic unemployment, particularly among low-income, minority youth. READ's model employs teens as reading tutors for the children we serve. Not only does Read Alliance shrink the achievement gap by providing economically disadvantaged, at-risk students with basic reading skills, but we also provide teens the opportunity to develop critical college, career, and life skills through formal training, continuous support, and meaningful, paid tutoring jobs. Our vision is to prepare two at-risk populations for continued academic and life achievement.
Over the past 16 years, Read Alliance’s programming has made a significant difference in the academic success of the students we serve. Since our inception, more than 14,000 early elementary students have received reading intervention through READ’s one-to-one model delivered by 11,000 trained teen-aged tutors. Read Alliance pre- and post-assessment data has consistently shown that after just one program cycle, students who receive Read Alliance intervention average a full year’s growth in foundational reading skills as outlined in the Common Core Learning Standards.