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 of academic success of the educationally and economically disadvantaged children we serve by ensuring they possess the reading skills necessary to read grade-level appropriate text and catch up to their classmates.
Over the past 16 years, Read Alliance's intervention program has proved to make a significant difference in the academic success of the students it has served. Since our inception, more than 13,000 early elementary students have received reading intervention through Read Alliance's one-to-one model delivered by more than 10,000 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 more than a full year's growth in foundational reading skills as outlined in the Common Core learning standards.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, 89% of students growing up in low-income households are reading below grade level. Furthermore, research has shown that children who are not reading proficiently by Grade 3 are four times less likely to graduate from high school than their reading proficient peers (Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2012). In fact, the need for early literacy intervention is so important that reading aloud is now being prescribed in doctors' offices throughout the country. In June 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended that pediatricians advise parents to read aloud to their infants from birth. The announcement was the first time the academy officially weighed in on early literacy and asked doctors to become powerful advocates for reading aloud - every time a baby visits the doctor (New York Times, June 24, 2014). As a part of the announcement, AAP President James Perrin noted that "fewer than half of children younger than five years old are read to daily in this country" in spite of research that shows reading aloud to children enhances vocabulary and other important communications skills crucial to helping children succeed once they get to school (American Academy of Pediatrics, June 24, 2014). READ helps to shrink the achievement gap by providing at-risk children with basic reading skills at a critical time in their academic development.
Our unique reading intervention model has the additional benefit of providing needed job opportunities for teens in underserved communities. This is particularly significant given the high unemployment rate for urban minority teens (estimated at 30% for New York City youth ages 16-19 years old, according to a 2012 Wall Street Journal article). Beyond paid wages, our program has a demonstrable effect on the perceived impact our teens feel they have on the students they tutor and their ability to reach their own goals. Research indicates that a strong sense of self-efficacy is related to higher academic performance, greater persistence when faced with difficult tasks, and increased initiative (Social Behavior and Priority Journal, 2004).
We launched our program in 1999 and have grown in leaps and bounds since then. Read more
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