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Michigan's R.E.A.D.Y. (Read, Educate, and Develop Youth) Program.
What can I do to help others?
As a volunteer...
Volunteering opportunities are available for people of all ages. The
National Literacy Database
provides a link to local literacy programs throughout the US.
Fundamental can help you
organize and run a program for children and parents in your school,
business, or community. Learn how to be an effective reading tutor with
the highly acclaimed book LitStart by Michigan Literacy, Inc. If you are a student, approach your school
district about peer tutoring programs in your community. Also, check your
local library for details on where you can work on teaching English or
basic skills locally and overseas!
As a parent...
Keep watching the
Michigan Literacy, Inc. website for their new book
designed to help parents tutor their children in literacy and reading
skills. In the meantime, the following websites provide great educational
PBS Between the Lions
The Department of Education
International Reading Association (IRA)
Library Association (ALA)
These same sites provide great ideas for teachers.
As a teacher or librarian...
Teacher professional development in the US and overseas is a major focus
of the International Reading Association.
Department of Education
also has multiple options.
American Library Association has an active professional development and outreach program.
Keep up with the latest literacy research by consulting any of the ILN
As a business person...
Businesspeople can take an active role by starting their own literacy
program (see volunteer section).
The National Institute for Literacy has prepared a package for presentations at the workplace or to civic
groups. You can also contact your state school-to-work director to find out how you can help young people get ready for the workplace.
Read 10 Things You Can Do To Support Literacy -
Sources: National Adult
Literacy Survey, National Center for Education Statistics, International
Reading Association, UNESCO World Education Report 2000, UNICEF State of
the World’s Children 2000