I was recently honored to work on a media project with Rich Grief, the National Executive Director of Everybody Wins! USA children's literacy program that is based in Boston, and considered to be one of the finest children's literacy initiatives in the nation.
Its "Power Lunch" reading program started when a handful of dedicated volunteers began spending their lunch hour reading one-on-one with students at a nearby school in New York City.
The community-based effort has been expanded over the years to reach low-income elementary students in 16 states and Washington DC. For many years, Senator Ted Kennedy was a volunteer reader every Tuesday at an elementary school near his office on Capital Hill.
I was pleased to read today that the program will expand to reach more children in Phoenix, Arizona and other parts of the country thanks to a three-year, $250,000 grant from the University of Phoenix.
The grant will expand educational opportunities for low-income youth and create more literacy-related volunteer opportunities for University of Phoenix campuses by replicating the successful Everybody Wins! Power Lunch program to three cities where University of Phoenix has campuses, including Phoenix, Arizona.
"Several University of Phoenix campuses are already volunteering with our local affiliates and we look forward to creating more volunteer opportunities for University of Phoenix campuses around the country," Rich said.
About Everybody Wins! USA
Everybody Wins! USA strives to build the skills for and a love of reading among low-income elementary students and was recently cited by the White House as an "innovative and successful community solution." Through its signature program, Power Lunch, Everybody Wins! brings volunteer mentors into schools for weekly one-on-one, read-aloud sessions, increasing children's opportunities for academic and real-world success. Everybody Wins! currently serves nearly 20,000 children and adults through affiliates and partners in 16 states and Washington, DC. For more information, please visit http://www.everybodywins.org .
About University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Through flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning, students achieve personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. As of August 31, 2009, 443,000 students were enrolled at University of Phoenix, the largest private university in North America. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world. http://www.phoenix.edu