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. ARISE2Read provides 8 – 10 brand new books each year for all of our 2nd-grade students in our partner schools to support the growth of their literacy skills.

THERE IS HOPE!

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

Many Thanks to Our Amazing Volunteers!

43

Schools

2023–24

803

Volunteers

Served 2023-24

780

Students

Coached 2023-24

43,000

Books

Distributed 2023-24

43

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 are at significantly higher risk of facing negative life-altering experiences.

61%

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

Our Solution

We train volunteers in a simple sight word approach to work with 2nd-grade students in our partner schools.

Our volunteers commit to serve for 1 hour a week, from September to April, coaching students one-on-one.

We provide every 2nd-grader in ARISE2Read schools with 8 – 10 brand-new books each year. Why? Because research shows that children living in poverty who are reading on grade level by 3rd grade have an 89% graduation rate!

2023/2024 Results

In 2023-2024, ARISE2Read students gained an average of 327 words or 3.5-grade levels of growth. While only 10% of students pre-tested on grade level. Post-test results revealed that 67% of our students were on grade level for a

563% increase

in students reading on sight word grade level!

A comparative analysis of 2nd-grade students in ten ARISE2Read partner schools who pre-tested below grade level revealed that 66% of ARISE2Read students were on grade level at the post-test, compared to 15% of students not in ARISE2Read.

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!