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United Voices of Literacy believes that every person deserves to be literate. We empower individuals through literacy education.
United Voices of Literacy (UVOL) is a grassroots, volunteer driven organization formed by volunteers who saw a need to assist struggling readers in basic reading skills.
In 2015, UVOL created the Readers are Leaders after-school program in partnership with the USC Joint Educational Project. Readers are Leaders is designed to improve reading and reading comprehension for 3 rd - 5 th grade students using the instruction and delivery of oral dramatic reading. The program culminates in a staged friendly reading competition between classmates where. Exceling students advance as student ambassadors advocating reading literacy throughout the community furthering their skills through dramatic readings at various public and private events.
Tutors in the Readers are Leaders program are referred to as "coaches" as the relationship which is formed with the student(s) guides the student into reading ease preparing to read before their classmates then on stage. The role of the coach is to help the student not only improve in reading but also to enjoy reading . Rather the reading involves superheroes, wizards, talking animals, the biography of notable persons, the coach is the guide helping the student find their voice to make the story come alive.
The goal for the Readers are Leaders is to provide the program and work with all 15 USC Family of Schools.