High-need, low-income communities often fall through the cracks & do not receive the support they need to pursue life-changing educational & professional opportunities. Consequently, Libraries Without Borders provides vulnerable people with access to information, education & cultural tools. Specifically, we work to provide at-risk communities with early learning & literacy resources, workforce development tools & media centers equipped with various types of technology.
Many organizations provide communities in need with educational, digital & social support, yet even with their best efforts, they fail to reach the most vulnerable residents. These high-need, low-income residents may not know resources exist or how to access them. They may face psychological barriers that prevent them from seeking help. Through our innovative outreach approach, we expand & amplify the reach of existing community organizations, bringing their resources to non-traditional spaces.
Our programs provide life-saving information & support to vulnerable people throughout the country. Our unorthodox approach has given us unique opportunities to improve access to education in disaster stricken areas and refugee camps, such as the Bwagiriza camp in Burundi, where our Ideas Box has increased academic performance by 23%. From libraries designed for inner-city laundromats to manufactured home communities, we aim to increase access to educational materials, no matter the location!
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).