WHO WE SERVE
Starting in 4th grade, schools expect students to transition from “learning to read” in the early grades to “reading to learn.” After 5th grade, students often receive little to no explicit reading instruction in their classrooms, and often teachers of this age group are not trained to teach reading skills. Students are expected to read and interpret texts in a variety of subject areas and genres, but often lack the skills to do so. When children who are behind their grade-level peers do not receive the instruction they need, they simply fall further and further behind, they’re twice as likely to drop out of school compared to their peers, and—as adults—are less likely to find employment and support a family. They are also more likely to require public assistance and are more likely to go to prison.
That’s why at READ 718, a nonprofit organization located in Brooklyn, NY, we provide individualized literacy instruction and mentorship to low-income students in grades 3-8 who are reading below grade level. Our after school program participants (READers) are in grades 3-8 and come from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The majority attend school in Brooklyn’s Districts 13 and 15, and come from many Brooklyn neighborhoods including Boerum Hill, Fort Greene, Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights, Sunset Park and Clinton Hill. Over 90% of our READers are eligible for free lunch at school.