Wise Readers to Leaders (“Readers to Leaders”) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to closing the literacy achievement gap for youth from low-income communities and to preparing future leaders for a diverse world through an innovative and culturally responsive literacy curriculum and cross-cultural leadership and enrichment programs.
Readers to Leaders prevents summer learning loss for 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. Coupled with “camp style” enrichment activities, Readers to Leaders fosters self-confidence and nurtures positive attitudes towards learning through science, math, dance, music, sports, and more. Readers to Leaders extends its reach from the classroom to families and the community by offering free learning workshops for parents on topics such as financial literacy, drug prevention, nutrition, and resume writing. This approach makes Readers to Leaders not just a literacy program, but a multi-faceted learning and family support program built on the foundation of reading.
Additionally, operating year-round, Readers to Leaders blends literacy programming with intercultural learning and exchanges, with a special emphasis on linking the Latino and Jewish communities. Readers to Leaders offers a Remote Reading and Mentorship program in which a Jewish teen is paired with an underserved K-5 student. The pair meets weekly in person or via phone to read a common book together. Additionally, there are monthly events to deepen the relationship between mentor and mentee. These events include literacy-based activities, field trips, and community service projects. Teens from both communities also “track” through high school together, providing support in choosing classes, extracurricular activities, and the college application process.