Right now in Dallas County, only 14% of high school graduates have gotten the kind of education we want for them. Reading at grade level all the way along is crucial. And in fact, not meeting 3rd grade reading standards is strongly correlated to future poverty, incarceration, and other adverse personal and social outcomes.
Are you a pastor or group leader?
Are you an individual?
Reading Matters is a collaborative, citywide campaign to:
Increase awareness of this local literacy crisis among Christians
Explore the question "Does reading matter to God?" and
Increase the number of Christian volunteers serving with organizations proven to improve literacy.
Support the campaign
School-level literacy challenges are most often associate with family income levels. Poverty is complicated and puts enormous strain on parents, children, teachers, and schools. Therefore, the approach must be holistic.
Our research suggests that intervention is most effective when it includes these elements in "doses" proportionate to the need:
Relationships with the children in the form of tutoring & mentoring
Staff support and
Engaging Christians with the Word and mobilizing them towards these types of relationships is going to make a huge difference.