ARISE2Read takes an active role in the development of children in our public schools through the presence of volunteers focused on literacy. We tutor students one hour per week utilizing a simple sight word approach. We also provide books for the students to enhance literacy.

THERE IS HOPE!

Research reveals that children living in poverty who read proficiently by the end of the third grade have an 89% graduation rate!

Many Thanks to Our Amazing Volunteers!

41

Schools

2019–2020

1,120

Volunteers

Trained 2019–20

1,235

Students

Coached 2019–20

39,306

Books

2019–2020

37

Community
Partners

Our Challenge

39%

of Memphis children live in poverty and are, on average, THREE grade levels behind their more affluent peers in reading.

66%

of students not reading on grade level by 4th grade will likely be incarcerated or need welfare.

61%

of students in low-income families have NO books in the home.

Our Solution

We train volunteers in a simple sight word approach and pair them with 2nd-grade students in our partner schools.

Our volunteers commit to serve for 1 hour a week, coaching two students, one each for 30 minutes.

We provide every 2nd-grader in ARISE2Read schools 8 – 10 brand new books each year. In 2020 we provided books for 4000 students.

Why? Research shows that children living in poverty who are reading on grade level by 3rd-grade have an 89% graduation rate!

Our Results

In 2019-2020, our students gained an average of 292 words or 3-grade levels of growth. During the height of the pandemic we served students attending the virtual learning hubs. Only 12% of the 300 students pre-tested were on grade level. At post-test, 49% were on grade level for a

243% increase

in reading on sight word grade level.

Over a five-year period, Treadwell Elementary students have realized an average gain of 4 grade levels in sight word fluency.

Save a Child. Save a Family. Save a City.

2/3

of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of the fourth grade will likely be incarcerated or need government assistance. 

13:1

In middle income neighborhoods the ratio of books per child is 13:1; in low income neighborhoods, the ratio is 1 age-appropriate book for every 300 children.

61%

of low-income families have no books at all in their homes for their children.

Learn How to Get Involved

All it takes is one hour a week to help change a child’s life!