We know that the early reading gap is a persistent problem which increases the risk of students ultimately dropping out of school. We also know that our early literacy intervention program has been instrumental in reducing those odds for thousands of students, who have the opportunity to realize their full potential. A recent comparison group analysis by the Meadows Center for Educational Risk and follow-up evaluations from the University of Texas Dana Center showed unequivocally that without literacy intervention from a Literacy First tutor, the children we served would not have progressed in reading.
We are also nationally recognized. In 2015, the White House recognized us as a ‘Bright Spot for Hispanic Education.’ In 2016, we received the Governor’s Volunteer Award for Partners in Education and the Latino Advocacy Award from AISD. We were finalists in 2013-14 for the America’s Service Commissions Innovation and Leadership Awards, and were featured in their “Most Innovative AmeriCorps Programs” publication.