Ending poverty starts in school, ensuring all students receive the support they need to graduate and succeed. By intervening early, we can disrupt cycles of poverty and implement true systemic change.
Research shows that students who are not proficient in reading by the end of 3rd grade falter in later grades and often drop out before earning a high school diploma. Those dropping out of high school are 63 times more likely to end up in the criminal justice system. A quality education helps children develop social, emotional and cognitive skills that will lead to them earning higher incomes later in life.
Many students have fallen even further after a year of distance learning. Now more than ever students, especially those in low-income communities, need our support to maintain their educational growth.
STARTING AT SQUARE ONE
We recently launched STARS, a virtual online tutoring program, that pairs volunteers with children needing literacy help. The program has hosted 454 tutoring sessions and students have gained 28 reading levels.