Updated: May 17
#ReadDreamSucceedCA is my personal initiative to bring a love of literacy and educational opportunities to California's students. 25% of California's students are unable to perform basic reading skills (CA Policy Center). This translates into 45 million U.S. adults being functionally illiterate, and unable to read above a 5th grade level (The Literacy Project). With lower reading performance, kids grow up to have less earning potential, struggle with workplace communication, and limit their capacity to dream.
Growing up, you were hard pressed to pry a book out of my hands. I got in trouble more times than I can count for reading with a flashlight under the covers at night. Christmas 2007 goes down in the history books--I sat down after presents and completed the entire Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows book by Christmas dinner. Without these reading skills, life would have been different.
Reading and writing allowed me to earn scholarships for college in a low-income public school, and pursue my Associate's Degree while still in high school. Politics and the law have always fascinated me, and literacy skills aided my pursuits of a Political Science degree at the University of Washington in 2016. I went from the young girl hiding under the covers to read, to the woman editing the Undergraduate Law Review. At an early age I knew I had skills and potential to learn, and that only furthered my dreams of becoming an attorney.
I'm excited to be named the Literacy Advocate for Reading Partners Sacramento this year. Reading Partners is a nation-wide nonprofit founded in Oakland, CA designed to provide low-income schools with the tangible literacy tools needed to read. Students in K-4th grade are eligible to be matched with a community tutor who uses a customized curriculum to help students succeed. As a tutor myself, I've witness the social, emotional, and reading improvements from students across the board. 1 hour a week is all that is required to change a student's life. Click here to see if programs are available in your area.
#ReadDreamSucceedCA is designed to encourage community support for Reading Partners, educate community and business members about the effects of low literacy rates, and ensure students have the tools necessary to believe in themselves and their dreams.
Follow me on social media and the blog for updates on community events, how to tutor, and children stories. What was the dream you had as a kid, but didn't feel you could accomplish? Join me in making sure no other child feels that way, regardless of their socioeconomic status.