EVERYBODY WINS CONNECTICUT INC

Rating: 4.33 stars   3 reviews

Issues: Philanthropy

Location: 30 Arbor Street Hartford CT 06106 USA

Mission: Everybody WIns! CT provides reading programs that engage students, encourage leadership and learning, inspire a love of reading and build stronger communities.
Geographic areas served: Connecticut

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Rating: 5 stars  

Once a week during the school year, I leave the ringing phones, e-mails, and demands at my desk and travel to a local school where I meet up with my reading partner for about 45 minutes during his lunch. He is a very bright young man, but in the beginning, he wasn't a great reader. When we started, I read to him, but over time and with encouragement, he started to read aloud to me. So the simple act of reading with this child has improved his reading level, given him greater confidence to participate in the classroom because he's engaged and thereby improves his classroom behavior. This time we spend together is the highlight of my week! Here are some startling statistics - if a child isn't reading at their grade level by 3rd Grade, we will most likely not see that child graduate from high school. There are some states that predict their prison populations by 3rd grade reading abilities!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

students who participate in this Power Lunch program have increased their reading abilities. The mentoring aspect of this program provides students with one-on-one reading time.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

secure more funding so we could put this program into every elementary school in the state!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

helping children be better readers, that I give up about an hour a week, and it is so rewarding.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fabulous!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change our country so that EVERY CHILD would have the opportunity to not only finish high school, but, if they desire, go on to college.

Ways to make it better...

we had more volunteers to read with every child who reads below their grade level.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding to bring more program to more schools.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I imagine a day when a teacher will, at the very least, have students who all reading at their grade level. It will change the face of education, it will change the quality of our neighborhoods, it will change our world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

I had a wonderful time working through this group to read to the students. There was a large number of students and readers and EBW did a great job of keeping everyone on track. I was also impressed how EBW adapted to our needs to make the process of getting in to the school and splitting the groups to make the sessions more productive. The kids were great and really not only enjoyed our coming every week by I believe benefitted from the program.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

N/A

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

When Everybody Wins! requested volunteers at the company where I work, I signed up. I passionately believe that without the ability to read, and enjoy reading, one cannot fully develop or function in society. That was more than 10 years ago, and I continue to volunteer with this wonderful organization. I have worked with many students over the years, and have seen them mature through grade school. The ultimate outcome is not always positive, but the time I spend with my student is rewarding and entertaining for both of us. If my enthusiasm for reading is contagious, my students will learn about the enormous opportunities that books offer. Their world will open up and they will find knowledge, an escape, new ideas or get insight into how others live around the world. EW makes this volunteer opportunity convenient--they provide the transportation for my one lunch hour per week session. Everybody Wins! is a practical yet optimistic organization, and I believe we are making a difference in the lives of our students.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing my students come in to the program barely able to read, and leave the program two or three years later reading at grade level or better.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

There are no changes needed that I am aware of.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting the children and hearing about their lives.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

compassionate and committed to spreading a love of books and reading to their students.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide other reading resources (books, workbooks, etc.) to children in needy areas.

Ways to make it better...

the time spent with the kids could be just a little bit longer each session.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding and raising public awareness.

One thing I'd also say is that...

the importance of the ability to read well cannot be underestimated. Organizations like Everybody Wins! supplement public education.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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