Bethesda: Help solve the literacy crisis as a graphic designer/creative contributor

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American Youth Literacy Foundation

3 reading is forever

Have you ever wanted to do something AMAZING to change the world but didn't know where to start? Here is an opportunity to help underprivileged children, to help under-served children, to help ALL children, and to help adults who can't read. You can be a part of an amazing convergence of forces that is about to change the literacy paradigm in the United States. Two years ago, the Barbara Bush Foundation and Dollar General sponsored the $7million XPrize for Adult Literacy to incent teams from around the world to develop solutions to the literacy crisis in America.

The parameters of the contest were that teams had to build an app that would teach reading to illiterate and low literate adults without any one on one assistance from another adult.

The American Youth Literacy Foundation (dba Youth Lit and joined this competition in an effort to convert our patented reading curriculum that we had been using for 8 years to teach thousands of children how to read, into a digital app.

Unfortunately we had to withdraw from that competition; but our efforts and desire to complete our children's literacy app have only been strengthened by the experience. The XPrize app competition allowed us to see the future. Although the contest was geared towards adults, we could imagine the potential of a children's reading app that could teach children how to read with minimal (or even without any) adult participation. Today we are further along than ever in the creation of this amazing new technology. We are literally only a few months away from completing the beta version of the app. We are testing it in real world environments with real kids who are learning how to read. Based on this critical feedback, we are preparing to take our app from beta to V 1.0, (probably an 18-24 month endeavor) and will ultimately make the app available for FREE global distribution through the Apple store and Google.

Now we are looking for multiple creative people to help with the completion of this project. We need graphic designers who have a keen sense of layout and design, who are skilled in Adobe CS (especially Illustrator). We need people who are willing to learn an easy rapid prototyping app development tool called Ionic Creator. Some java script experience or other coding experience may help but isn't essential.

We need anyone willing to test the beta with children as we continue to build it. If you are a former teacher or educator, or have contacts in that field it would be helpful.

If you are a UX or UI person and want real world experience building an app, we can use your help. Because we are using a rapid prototyping tool that is essentially drag and drop, we do not need wireframing. And because we are converting our own proprietary curriculum to a digital format, we do not need to recreate the wheel about how to teach reading to children. Nonetheless, there is ample opportunity to apply UX/UI skills to the continued development of the app.

If you are interested in fundraising or the social (not necessarily social media) side of things, we need people who can write letters, build a fundraising program, recruit partners, communicate with potential donors, etc. You can make a huge difference in helping us solve the literacy crisis by joining our team. This has been and will continue to be an incredibly exciting and rewarding experience for a small group of people. If this is something that you feel passionate about and want to get involved in, then please reply today. We need your help. Your contribution in the development of this app, could make a difference in literally, millions of lives. Thank you! We truly look forward to hearing from you : ) Please provide cover letter and resume (or link to an online portfolio) for this opportunity and we will contact you directly. We will also provide you with a link to a comprehensive preview/overview of our reading app.

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Children & Youth Community Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


Mostly OnlineBethesda, MD 20817



  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Graphic Design
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Fundraising
  • Community Outreach


  • Teens


  • 5 hours per week

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