Vision & Values
We envision a future where all children in the US have the reading skills necessary to reach their full potential.
Our mission is to help children become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction with measurable results.
Our commitment to educational equity
We believe in the power of educational equity to interrupt systemic racism, poverty, and social inequality. Racism and anti-Blackness have penetrated every system and institution, including our education system where students of color have not received equitable learning opportunities. Our organization exists to uproot these deeply ingrained educational obstacles.
We fundamentally believe that the ability to read transforms lives and changes outcomes for children and communities. We want every child to experience the joy and power of becoming a lifelong reader, and we are focused on this mission.
Big challenges are our thing
We seize opportunities to make a positive impact, and are relentless in the pursuit of our mission and goals. We take ownership, act with urgency, aren’t afraid to do the hard work, and give 100 percent every day.
Volunteers get results
We know that service and volunteerism work. We mobilize and intentionally nurture a community of AmeriCorps members, volunteers, and partners to make a difference.
Together we are better
We believe that everyone has a part to play in working to close the opportunity gap, and that collaborative efforts create unlimited potential for students and communities. We maximize impact through collective leadership and build meaningful partnerships to advance our shared vision and strategy.
Data drive decisions
We use research and evidence to develop our programs and initiatives, and to ensure exceptional results. We enthusiastically and continuously question what we know and how we do things to generate knowledge of what works best.
Laughter keeps us going
We encourage, appreciate, and celebrate each other with exuberance and a sense of humor. We embrace joy, eccentricity, and a healthy dose of laughter in our daily work.
Our strategic plan
Over the next several years, we will transform who we are as an organization to exponentially increase educational access and early literacy support for students who need it most. Learn more about our plans.