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Project READ fuels the fire of hope through literacy. We believe literacy is a human right, the foundation of learning, opportunity and success.

Established in 1987, Project READ is a free, volunteer-based literacy organization serving adults, children and families. Tutoring lessons are student-centered, focusing on reading, writing and critical thinking skills and are supported by the generous help of our volunteers. Our intergenerational programs are designed to break the cycle of low literacy by surrounding our students with literacy services that promote education and a lifelong love of learning.

Our Impact

Project READ’s adult and youth programs are committed to the literacy needs of our community, focusing on Redwood City’s most underserved neighborhoods and schools. One in five adults in Redwood City reads below an 8th grade level and 50% of 3rd graders are not reading proficiently.

  • Provide youth services to 350 academically at-risk students, grades 1 – 12
  • Provide adult services to 400 adults in the community and correctional facilities
  • Increase reading skills by an average of 3.0 grade levels in one year
  • Train 150 new volunteer tutors
  • Distribute 3,000 children’s books to help build home libraries of the families in our program
  • Increase grades of Project READ students in a safe and supportive learning environment. 
  • Provide early intervention literacy 
  • Develop Social Emotional Learning skills
  • Provide teens tutoring, mentoring and opportunities to graduate from high school or earn their GED, attend college and improve their career options.
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