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Teach 4 low income students impacted by COVID to read



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Our goal
To empower 4 at risk students by providing critical reading instruction during and after COVID 19.
The Challenge

COVID has deepened our children's literacy and mental health crisis.

Before COVID, more than half of our at risk students were reading below grade level. Our community is in a literacy and mental health crisis, with kids out of school, socially isolated and food scarcity, kids are feeling traumatized and left without appropriate academic support. 1 in 5 students have dyslexia, the most common type of reading disability. If these students do not receive the reading help they need by the end of 3rd grade, they are 4 times more likely to drop out of school.

This pandemic has put our low income families with disabilities at an even greater disadvantage, emotionally and academically. Reports show large virtual learning gaps for low income students with special needs; 4 out of 10 families say they are not receiving any support. With limited access to adequate instruction, our struggling readers will fall even further behind and leaving more room for stress and anxiety. Private interventions, while effective are not affordable or easily accessible.

Reading is not only a vital life skill it’s a public health issue. These students struggling to read as 4th graders will grow to be struggling adults; the lifelong impact of illiteracy is persistant and generational with struggling readers experiencing higher rates of depression, lower self esteem, lower earnings and higher unemployment rates. Studies show a direct correlation between illiteracy, poverty and crime with 70% of inmates reading on a 4th grade level.

Our Solution

Reading support will reduce trauma and teach students to read

Now, during a pandemic, our students with disabilities are at a greater risk for falling behind academically and for experiencing trauma and stress. The structure of the school day has been replaced with parental unemployment, destabilized support systems and inconsistent reading support. Our mission is to provide individualized literacy instruction and a consistent sense of connectedness to a trained educator to reduce stress and improve literacy outcomes for our underserved students.

Raising Hands Tutoring provides individualized reading tutoring by highly qualified dyslexia therapists to low income students with disabilities. Our mission is to support students that have been provided every academic opportunity through the public school and still continue to read below grade level. By giving our students the skills they need to be successful students today, we are giving our adults the skills they need to be confident and productive in the future.

Your Impact

By donating just $25 you can start a child on a path to reading success!

Your donation will pay for struggling readers from low income families to receive high quality reading tutoring at least 2 times a week by dyslexia therapists. We assess our students regularly and make program adjustments as necessary to ensure progress is being made. Every session is individualized, systematic and methodical using only research based techniques. Our sessions will be virtual until considered safe to return to in person tutoring.

$20,000 Minimum Funding Goal
  • 80%-320 hours of reading tutoring

  • 7%-Supplies, books, materials

  • 7%-Insurance

  • 3%-Donation Processing

  • 3%-Technology for students

$15,000 Campaign Booster Funding

This displays the maximum incremental additional funding the campaign could receive (Maximum Funding Amount (MFA) less Minimum Funding Goal)). For example, if the MFA is $100,000 and the MFG $10,000, it would show the difference of $90,000 here.

  • 80%-3 new students

  • 7%-Supplies, books, materials

  • 7%-Insurance

  • 3%-Stripe fees

  • 3%-Technology for students

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  • Ronald

  • Michael

  • Anisha

  • Arthur

  • Marlene

  • Patricia

  • Margie

  • Peyton


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