The Literacy Ambassador wrote
Illiteracy is a family issue.
Adults who cannot read were children who did not learn to read when they were young. As much as parents love their children, when they lack literacy skills or confidence, it impacts their children and perpetuates the illiteracy cycle for another generation. We simply cannot stand for that.
Breaking that cycle means helping families, not just parents OR children but making it multi-generational. The first and most important key to a child's literacy success is their primary, and most influential role model: a parent.
That is where The Reading Tub can help. This is an all-volunteer nonprofit with the mission to increase family reading and literacy. I'm proud to have served for most of that time as a member of their board of directors.
I am so proud and want to share with you just a few of the things that have happened over the past 11 years through the Reading Tub:
- distributed nearly 11,0000 books to at-risk readers;
- published more than 2,500 book profiles,
- coordinated youth community literacy work with schools;
- written hundreds of articles with activities for incorporating literacy into family life; and
- curated a resource library for parents and educators.
Now, the Reading Tub seeks to leverage technology to give under-served families literacy tools in the palm of their hand! The Family Literacy Integration Project (FLIP) is an app that will provide free, immediate access to activities, exercises, tips, and articles.
Through FLIP, parents collect literacy tips during short breaks on the job, and then use them when they're out and about with the kids: doctors' offices, the grocery store, even road trips!
The FLIP app is being built for and for use by struggling readers. With a primary graphic and audio interface, it is accessible to all adults, regardless of reading ability.
Help us establish strong reading skills in children by developing FLIP, an app for parents who need support. Your contribution brings us closer to affecting the lives of more than 150,000 children each year!
Read more about how the Reading Tub is taking action to break the cycle of illiteracy.