Raise awareness for children's literacy and girls' education, by getting involved with the local NY Chapter of Room to Read! We are looking for volunteers with diverse skill sets, including event planning, social media, public relations, and/or just a proactive desire to help raise awareness and fundraise to achieve Room to Read's global mission.
We are also looking for a few select members to join our Board of Directors. This will require a dedicated time and energy commitment on an ongoing and monthly basis.
When a Child Reads, She Can Write Her Future
Despite the known benefits of literacy, 175 million young people in low- and lower middle-income countries are unable to read a single sentence. That’s one out of every four children. Without a strong foundation of literacy skills, children are more likely to struggle throughout their education, live in poverty and see their potential hampered. A lack of educational resources, minimal exposure to age-appropriate books, insufficiently trained teachers and overstretched infrastructure prevent students from developing the literacy skills they need to thrive. We work in partnership with local governments to assist schools to address these challenges and ensure students have what they need to develop strong literacy skills and a habit of reading.
Whether or not a girl stays in school has an astounding effect on not only her quality of life, but on her future family’s as well. For a girl in one the most underserved parts of the world, staying in school longer means she is more likely to build a smaller and healthier family, lower her probability of contracting HIV, and earn a higher wage. She is also more likely to marry later and educate her own children - ending the cycle of poverty in one generation. Yes, girls lag behind boys in their completion of secondary school. Out of the 124 million children and young adolescents who are out of school, 52 percent are girls. Thus, our program includes four core components - life skills, mentors, material support, and community engagement, which we implement based on local conditions, individual need and grade level.
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About Room to Read New York Chapter
NA, New York, NY 10022, US
World Change Starts with Educated Children. We envision a world in which all children can pursue a quality education that enables them to reach their full potential and contribute to their communities and the world. Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in low-income countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, we develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.
The New York chapter consists of volunteers who fundraise to support Room to Read's programs and raise awareness of Room to Read in our local community. Please see our open volunteer positions, or reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to get involved. Check our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay connected!
Founded in 2000 on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children(r), Room to Read’s innovative model focuses on deep, systemic transformation within schools in low-income countries during two time periods that are most critical in a child’s schooling: early primary school for literacy acquisition and secondary school for girls’ education. We work in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children and ensure girls can complete secondary school with the skills necessary to negotiate key life decisions. Room to Read has benefited 11.5 million children across over 20,000 communities in 14 countries and aims to reach 15 million children by 2020. Learn more at www.roomtoread.org.
Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
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