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Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

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Causes: Education, Literacy, Remedial Reading & Encouragement

Mission: Our mission is to establish literacy as a value in every home in America. Our vision is to achieve 100% literacy in America.

Results: For more than 25 years, this public charity has benefited thousands of families in America by supporting community classrooms where parents and their precious children learn and achieve together. The Barbara Bush Foundation has sponsored 1,500 family literacy programs in 50 states. We’re building a compassionate movement where we engage the public to be a part of the solution: with over 36 million adults in this country either illiterate or possessing extremely low reading skills – illiteracy IS America's Biggest Challenge. We believe literacy is a right that provides equal opportunity to achieving the American dream, which every child deserves. If we help the nation’s children get on the path to learning in the earliest years, even before they enter kindergarten, they are far more likely to succeed in school and life. We also believe in investing in low-literate parents who are unable to provide the stimulating learning environment that young children need to jumpstart their education. We help families understand: – The child’s first school is the home. – The parent is the child’s first teacher. – The child’s first subject is reading. The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy is focused on fulfilling its mission by providing low-income families across the nation with scholarships to learn together. We partner with a network of high-performing local family literacy programs that help both young children and their parents learn how to read and write. When families share a love of reading, children have a far greater chance to live more productive and healthier lives, graduate from high school and obtain a better job. Supporting family literacy programs is a win-win for parents and children where they acquire basic literacy skills that help them advance their education and provide greater opportunities to succeed.

Target demographics: Children and Families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 3,700 children and families

Geographic areas served: United States

Programs: Family Literacy programs that teach children and their parents to read and learn together. The Teen Trendsetters (TM) program pairs Middle School/High School student mentors with low-performing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students who are at least six months behind in reading.

Community Stories

198 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My students go to a local elementary class to help students increase their reading skills. They are considered at risk and with the extra attention the youngsters form positive relationships and get intensive vocabulary, main idea, pronouncing words and other reading building blocks to improve their reading levels. TTRM is a great program that has varying levles of reading materials that students are interested in and after a book is completed, the students can take the book home with them to share with other brothers or sisters and reread it themselves.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My classes in Marion County have been mentoring elementary students for the past three years. This program has been so positive for both the teenagers invovled and their mentees. My students are intent on helping their mentees improve their reading and as a whole reading scores on the FCAT have improved. The relationships that are forged last well beyond the classroom. My students return to class talking about their "mentee" and the third graders go home and tell their parents about their "mentor". It is truly a worthwhile program with postive results for both the mentee and mentor.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Promoting literacy by reading to kindergardeners- abosulutely loved reading to those little ones and can't wait to do it again. I may even start volunteering to read regularly! I think I got more from it than the kids did.

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Client Served

Rating: 3

Our school hosted a Read. Love. Learn training session for parents. Parents received materials that they could use at home to help their children with reading.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer with the Teen CERT program. I help now, but want to be trained as a trainer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a parent my daughter has really advanced herself thru the Teen Trendsetter program. Shes gone out of her way to not only help, but in doing so expanding her own skills and knowledge. Shes become a better, student, friend, leader, and shes always been a great daughter but now shes just amazing. I think Volunteer USA Foundation is an amazing organization and I hope that you expand yourselves. You have done so much for me and my family, now my wife volunteers and I try to volunteer but its my wife and two daughters that do it now. Thank you so much for everything you did for us.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Volunteer USA consistently partners with corporate sponsors who are aligned their mission, serving children in need. These partnerships allow the Foundation to donate books, supplies and curriculum for multiple programs that impact families and communities.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer Teen CERT Instructor. Do to this organizations efforts the CERT program has been modified for teen intrest.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Volunteer USA funds family literacy programs that impacted family throughout the state of Florida. I have witnessed this first hand through my on going relationship with their staff. I have been involved with their organization over the years and will continue to support them as they strive to meet the needs of underprivilaged families

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It is a blessing to work alongside an organization that does literacy, mentoring and disaster preparedness programming as successful as Volunteer USA does. They are highly respected organization that creates and manages services/programming producing real measurable results, success stories and the backing of local, state and national partners and sponsors. I am so proud to be in this field with such professionals and look forward to what this org's future has to offer my field.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am fortunate enough to live near one of the family literacy academies and I think it is absolutely wonderful that Volunteer USA partners with nearby universities and colleges in providing a parent and his or her child with a scholarship. Impacted by supportive staff and an exemplary curriculum, the recipients of these scholarships are so very deserving, working so hard while still instilling the fundamentals of early education in their children. Dreams do come true.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended a family literacy event in central florida and witnessed the celebration for four adults that had completed their literacy program and passed their graduation exam to earn their G.E.D. It was an awesome experience to see the look on the their families faces!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've seen first-hand the impact Volunteer USA's Family Literacy Program's, have had in the lives of families through the delivery of their ESOL, parent-training, adult education, parent training services. The program has helped a couple of my relatives that have migrated to the USA from Colombia in the last few years, by teaching them basic English skills and this has helped them acquire employment.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I think Volunteer USA does a great job teaching teenagers how to be good volunteers through the Teen Reading Mentors program. The high school kids get trained to help elementary school kids learn to read better. Way to go!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteer teacher familiar with the love,read,learn and teen trendsetters programs aimed at improving educational outcomes for students. Teachers in our schools cannot do all the work-it is great to have nonprofit step in to promote education and literacy among parents and kids.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Am a longtime volunteer, especially advocating for children who have disabilites. I am impressed with VOlunteer USA's many programs to help families with children who are deaf and in promoting many educational efforts.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I did a job at one of their events and got to see first hand what a difference this organization does in young people's life! The trainers came across very positive and had immediatly a good report w. the Teens.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am the father of a high school student who participated in Teen Trendsetters. My daughter really grew from this volunteer experience. I saw her take a leadership role and go the extra mile to help a young boy with his struggles in the classroom.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I belong to a partner organization that established a family literacy program in my community. So many families today are so overwhelmed with trying to make ends meet that they don't budget important time to be their child's first teacher. They say it is easy to fall into the idea that it is the school's job to provide their child with all the necessary tools they need to learn. After learning about the important role that parents play in making their home a learning place, life changing behaviors start taking place. Responsiblity for being their child's first teacher starts to emerge and magic happens. This program truly changes lives for families and the premire beneficiary is children. Changing literacy rates in the US starts with families/parents/caregivers. This program is the proof in the pudding.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a teacher and attended a workshop for parents to learn how to be good teachers at home to their kids. LoveReadLearn was the best workshop i have seen for parents of elementary children. This was our best attended training and the moms and dads were really excited.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended an event of the Deaf Family Literacy Academy, A volunteer USA Program last weekend and I learned so much from the deaf panelists. I walked away informed about deaf culture. I support this organization because they support families who have deaf children.