The Dudley T. Dougherty Foundation

Increase access to reading and educational materials for children

Grant Information
Categories Education , Community
Location Texas
Cycle Year 2020
Organization Information
Organization Name (provided by applicant) USA Reads - A Project of the North America World Literacy Foundation
Organization Name (provided by automatic EIN validation)
EIN
Website https://usareads.org/
Contact Information
Contact Name Alec Green - development director
Phone 616-710-1932
E-mail info@USAReads.org
Address
PO Box 44
Grandville
MI
49468
Additional Information
Used for USA Reads will focus in closing the literacy and reading gap with children from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds. This grant will support a distribution of 14,000 books for free to children and establish “Pop Up Libraries” in the most needed neighborhoods in Texas. The goal is to give children from low-income backgrounds who are most “at risk” of illiteracy access to free books, educational material and reading suppo
Benefits These funded programs will help to provide parents with support and resources to promote reading to their children. Increase children’s book ownership with suitable and engaging books for children from low-income families. By equipping disadvantaged families with the means to better their child's literacy skills, we aim to build a strong foundation for children to learn to read and increase vocabulary so that they can reach their full potential
Proposal Description The Dudley T. Dougherty Foundation grant would provide books and educational resources for Texans children in Austin or Houston. These materials will be distributed to support students from the most vulnerable backgrounds. By providing access to quality education resources students and families will be empowered to break the poverty cycle, improve their health and employment opportunities and life outcomes.

This grant will be used to set up a program that addresses literacy before 4th grade, since there is substantial research driving our focus to children during this age. The project goals will be based on these key objectives:

1. Increase children’s book ownership by providing suitable and engaging books

2. Lift literacy skills of children from disadvantaged backgrounds

3. Bring a change of attitude and behaviour towards reading

In order to achieve these objectives, the Dudley T. Dougherty Foundation grant will be used to expand the implementation of USA Reads Initiative by increasing free book distribution to children through the following programs:

Book Giving - Distribute 14,000 books for free to children by running three book giving events throughout the year at each of partner schools during the World Book Day, International Literacy Day and Holiday Book Giving. Availability to books over breaks is vital for building literacy growth in children.

Pop-up Libraries - Establish 3 “Pop Up Libraries” in the most needed neighborhoods in Austin or Houston Texas. By partnering with local organizations to host collapsible bookshelves with books that children can take home. All materials will be provided free-of-charge and bookshelves will remain fully stocked.

These programs funded by the grant are a year in length and monitored bi-annually for progress and program evaluation. With support of local organizations families will fill out forms to collect demographic and student participation. Staff will meet with community partners and businesses to bring together a collective force against illiteracy and identify vulnerable communities.

With the support of the Dudley T. Dougherty Foundation grant, USA Reads will provide greater access to reading and educational materials for Texans children. These materials will be distributed to support students from the most vulnerable backgrounds. By providing access to quality education resources students and families will be empowered to break the poverty cycle, improve their health and employment opportunities and life outcomes.