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

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!

26

Schools

2021–2022

500

Volunteers

Trained 2021–22

451

Students

Coached 2021–22

20,800

Books

2021–22

30

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 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.

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!