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.

ARISE2Read Kickoff!

Want to make a difference in the lives of two 2nd-grade children?  Join us at Bellevue Baptist Church on Wednesday, August 31st at 9:30 a.m. for our annual kickoff! You can learn more about how you can BE THE CHANGE and make an impact not only for a child but for our community as well! We will have a sweet treat and some coffee waiting for you! We can’t wait to see you and hope you bring a friend (or 3)!!! You can register using this link: ARISE2Read Kickoff Registration


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!






Trained 2021–22



Coached 2021–22






Our Challenge


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


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


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 partner schools 8 – 10 brand new books each year. In 2022 we provided books for 2,500 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 2021-2022, our students gained an average of 311 words or 3-grade levels of growth. Only 13% of our students pre-tested on grade level. Post-test results revealed that 67% of our students were on grade level for a

406% increase

in students reading on sight word grade level.

A comparative analysis of children with similar pre-test scores revealed that 74% of students in the ARISE2Read program post-tested at grade level, compared to 18% of students who were not in the program.

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


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


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.


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!