Empower At-Risk Families with Literacy Promotoras

by Raising A Reader


Marin is often thought of as one of the richest counties in the country, but in fact it has one of the highest disparities between rich and poor. Disadvantaged children in this area often don't receive the help they need. Please help us to empower our youngest community members with a love of reading that will change their lives. We use a unique model of training parent leaders as Promotoras who bring vital literacy supports to their community members to close achievement gaps before they start.
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There are over 15,000 children living in poverty in Marin. Raising A Reader brings books into the home for those families most at risk of not having access to much needed books to help their children learn. The connection between early literacy and school success is clear—children who have not already developed some basic literacy practices when they enter school are up to four times more likely to drop out in later years. Families need books from the very start!


We will train additional Promotoras to serve their community as RAR Ambassadors, provide books to children through book bag rotation, conduct fun story times, family literacy workshops, and establish connections with local libraries. Families will learn effective and free ways to share books with their children and make reading come alive in the home.

Long-Term Impact

Each Raising A Reader Ambassador will connect 20 families with books and knowledge for a minimum 120 families’ lives changed with literacy. Reading skills lead to school success and breaking the cycle of poverty for families with education.


Raising A Reader website
Article in American Libraries Association Magazine
Video explaining the Raising A Reader program
Raising A Reader Facebook Page-Please become a fan

Organization Information

Raising A Reader

Location: Redwood City, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.raisingareader.org/​
Project Leader:
Angie Bush
Mountain View, California Afghanistan

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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