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About Us

Wise Readers to Leaders* is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to closing the literacy achievement gap for youth from low-income communities and to nurturing future leaders for a diverse world through service learning, cross-cultural leadership and enrichment programs. Wise Readers to Leaders impacts hundreds of students in grades K-8 (soon to be K-12) from low-income communities and at-risk environments across Los Angeles with free literacy activities that help prevent summer learning loss. Coupled with “camp style” enrichment activities, Readers to Leaders fosters self-confidence and nurtures positive attitudes towards learning through science, dance, music, sports, and more. Readers to Leaders extends its reach from the classroom into homes by offering free learning workshops for parents, including financial literacy, nutrition, and resume writing. This approach makes Readers to Leaders not just a literacy program, but a multi-faceted wrap-around life support and skills program built on the foundation of reading.