7 Inspiring Literacy and Education Nonprofits

Passionate givers of knowledge and skills

Aug 16, 2012

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1.
ROOM TO READ
WHAT
Supporting education and literacy among girls in challenged regions.
HOW Partnering with local communities, Room to Read reaches across all elements of education: from constructing libraries and classrooms to publishing children's books and training educators.
WHERE Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Vietnam and Zambia.

2.
JUMPSTART
WHAT Preschool education in low-income neighborhood.
HOW College students and community volunteers give Jumpstart sessions to preschooler in accordance with a set curriculum. The purpose is to contribute to language and literacy skills.
WHERE 10 states across the US.

3.
LITWORLD
WHAT Supporting literacy practices worldwide.
HOW Aspiring to help 1 million children to read by 2014, LitWOrld runs a variety of programs to cultivate literacy - developing educational curricula and running several reading clubs.
WHERE Activities take place in various locations Stateside, alongside Kenya, Iraq and Sierra Leona, to name a few. 

4. 
826 NATIONAL
WHAT A network of writing and tutoring centers for children and teens. 
HOW 826 National believes in the power of education, arts and creativity - hardly a surprise considering its founders are the celebrated writer Dave Egges and educator Nínive Calegari. The nonprofit runs eights after-school tutoring centers as well as fieldtrips, writing workshops and more. 
WHERE Eight chapters in the US - in San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Chicago, Boston, LA and Washington DC. 

5.
KIPP
WHAT Schools and prep programs that foster academic success for individuals hailing from underserved communities.
HOW KIPP - acronym for Knowledge is Power Program - strives to help every student enroll and persevere in college. The organization has a network comprising of 125 schools that are free and open-enrollment - acceptance requires no academic achievement.
WHERE The US.

6.
EVERYBODY WINS
WHAT A volunteer-work based nonprofit that aims to cultivate literacy among low-income children.
HOW Everybody Wins runs several programs that use text as the springboard for education: storytime readings, one-on-one mentoring, performances based on books and book clubs for kids.
WHERE Various cities in the US.

7.
NCFL
WHAT An organization dedicated to family literacy.
HOW NFCL (National Center for Family Literacy) runs a variety of whole-family programs, with a special emphasis on English-as-second-language families and communities. NCFL has collaborated with many large-scale brands (such as Toyota and McDonald's), extending their reach to more and more families.
WHERE The US.

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