Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy


828 S 6TH STLOUISVILLE, KY 40203 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

I Would Rather Be Reading (IWRBR) provides equitable access to trauma responsive literacy support and social-emotional learning to children across greater Louisville. We offer out of school time programming options at 7 community centers and 2 JCPS schools. In our programming, students receive structured literacy tutoring, enrichment opportunities, social-emotional learning, field trips, and a safe space to call their own.


We've been around since 2018 when we started our first summer camp at Jacob Elementary serving 9 kids. Since the start of IWRBR, we have served over 700 students and families. Currently, we have 250 students enrolled across our 9 sites in Louisville, KY.

In the Read to Lead program, we ensure that we meet the following goals to impact children's lives:
1) Maintain 80% attendance rate among enrolled students
2) Increase student proficiency in literacy by developing their phonological/phonemic and phonics skills.
3) Increase social emotional wellness by delivering intentional, explicit instruction in SEL competencies.
4) Provide enriching experiences to students to help them broaden their horizons and realize their interests.
5) Provide consistency and safety in students' lives.
In 2022, we had over 25 active partnerships, between funders to community organizations that helped us realize our programming goals.


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