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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, International, International Development, Literacy

Mission: LitWorld's mission is to empower young people to author lives of independence, hope, and joy.

Programs: The organization works with locally based, grassroots organizations to run and expand literacy-based programs, building sustainable outcomes for young people and their communities around the world. The organization's programs are designed and written by staff members with support from consultants where needed. Local community leaders manage and lead the programs after receiving training and access to the organization's innovative curricula. The organization creates permanent positive change in the world by implementing these on-the-ground programs to address the hard-to-tackle challenge of illiteracy worldwide. The organization uniquely combines the power of children's own stores, access to diverse reading and writing experiences, peer-to-peer support networks and adult mentor relationships, which leads to productive and transformational literacy.

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

LitWorld is an organization that truly spreads the joy of reading and literacy throughout the United States and the world with its LitCamps and LitClubs. LitWorld partners with Scholastic books and mentoring organizations to raise awareness and spread the values that each person's story should be cherished and told!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

LitWorld is a great organization with amazing staff and volunteers who have been working tirelessly to cultivate literacy skills in the world’s most vulnerable children. LitWorld’s proven model for improving literacy allows children to feel comfortable, safe and excited about reading, writing and learning in ways that are not taught at school.

I have had the pleasure of partnering with LitWorld to establish an after-school enrichment center in Prishtina, Kosovo – and the LitClub program we adopted has been so effective and well received by everyone, that within a week, the number of children attending grew from 9 to over 50.

I am excited to be a member of this community and am looking forward to help grow the LitWorld movement. Everybody should join us!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The LitWorld organization has amazing staff and volunteers that work very hard to provide tools that allow people to share their stories around the world. Their tireless efforts can be seen in the events they throw and most importantly within the LitClubs around the world and Litcamps. I had the pleasure of volunteering at their World Read Aloud Day event and Stand Up for Girls event where I witnessed first hand the enthusiasm and joy of the kids that attended. All of their events are well organized and ran smoothly because the LitWorld staff prepares the volunteers beforehand with the logistics and program information. Every year Litworld continues to strive to be better than the year before with new ideas and embraces the benefits of new technology. No matter what changes they make, the LitWorld programs continue to empower youth to be confident and provide them with hope, strength, and a sense of belonging.

Mookie

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The folks at LitWorld bring so much love and enthusiasm to what they do and it really shows in their programming and interactions with the communities they serve. My recent experience volunteering for their Stand Up for Girls event was wonderful and it was great to see so many young girls tell their own stories and learning to describe themselves with the language of empowerment. Working with LitWorld gives me a lot of hope for the future and Pam Allyn is an incredibly inspiring person!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After reading about LitWorld online, I felt passionate about getting involved. As a volunteer, I quickly grew to love spending time with the LitClub girls in Harlem, as well as the staff. I remember vividly the first LitClub I attended and how impressed I was with the courage, love and support that radiated throughout the room as the high school girls exchanged stories about their lives, from personal triumphs and defeats to college applications. At this year's Stand Up for Girls event, I was happy to be a part of the friendship and community being built among the elementary and grade school girls. Now, as a member of LitWorld's Young Professionals Group, I look forward to being involved in more events and helping to grow the LitWorld movement. I'm thrilled to be a part of the LitWorld team!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience as a LitWorld Intern was positive and educational. I first had the opportunity to work in the office, primarily planning lessons for a summer LitCamp, and then worked as a LitCamp counselor. Throughout both experiences, the LitWorld staff was supportive, and took steps to help me grow as an educator.The organization works toward a very important mission with passion and care for all involved.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a wonderful internship experience with LitWorld this summer, working both in the office with the full-time staff and in one of their LitCamp programs. Both work environments were serious but also loving and supportive. Each person's voice, from that of the youngest camper to that of most senior staff member to those of the summer interns, was valued, listened to, and honored. The work LitWorld does is important, and they do it with uncommon passion, sensitivity, and enthusiasm.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Working with LitWorld was a completely new and different experience for me, and one that I learned so much from. The collaboration among all the employees is astounding and makes the entire LitWorld family feel connected and united. Though the work is urgent and serious, the attitude is joyful, and this propels a spirit of kindness, love, and confidence into all their work, creating the atmosphere children need to keep reading, learning, and gaining strength.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My internship with LitWorld provided me with anything but the average intern experience. For the first month my peers and I had the opportunity to try our hands in many meaningful tasks and interact with incredible individuals involved in many aspects of social change. One of my favorite things about LitWorld is how collaborative they are, realizing where their talents are best suited and recognizing the talents of others in order to team up to create meaningful change. Beyond this, their commitment to authenticity and ensuring that their work takes on an organic form within the communities they are a part of is an integral part of who LitWorld is as an organization. The LitWorld staff is comprised of some of the most committed, compassionate, and thoughtful individuals I have ever had the pleasure to work with.

As a LitCamp intern I had the chance to work as a counselor for LitWorld’s Harlem LitCamp, which runs for 5 weeks during the months of July and August. My time as a LitCamp counselor was simply unforgettable. I was able to see the love for literacy and confidence of all of the campers soar within such a seemingly small period of time. Everything that LitWorld did was done with the best interests of the campers in mind, in order to create unforgettable experiences that many of them eagerly await each year. Seeing the campers’ transformations revealed to me that LitWorld has an incredible capacity to empower people in a way that all individuals and communities deserve.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at two LitWorld galas and attended several of LitWorld's advocacy events as a participant. From these experiences, I can confidently recommend LW as an organization worth getting involved with.

LitWorld's mission is inspiring, their events are well organized, and their staff welcomes volunteers with warmth and gratitude. In managing our group of volunteers and interns, the LW staff came prepared with every detail planned and every task thoughtfully delegated. And yet, the staff was also very trusting of volunteers, allowing us to take initiative and act on instinct when faced with unexpected challenges. Overall, a great volunteer experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at the Litworld Gala this year was a great experience. The Litworld staff were incredibly well-organized ... they held a training session for volunteers before the event, they had mapped out where every volunteer would be stationed, they had materials ready on the night of the gala to help volunteers, personal instructions for individual volunteers.... the works! They made volunteering at the gala easy and fun!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

LitWorld is a fantastic nonprofit that helps bring literacy to many underserved illiterate groups worldwide, and spreads a genuine love of reading. The enthusiasm of the employees is infectious and they are doing great work in NYC and abroad. I volunteered at their annual fundraising gala and was blown away by their level of organization and transparency-- not to mention their total commitment to their mission, to instill a love of reading in those who previously never had the chance to let it grow.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience working for LitWorld was beyond anything I would have expected. I was based in their offices in midtown NYC part time and at their partner site in Harlem. I felt immediately welcomed into a community of the most loving, driven, and passionate young women. The work we did together felt so meaningful. In harlem we ran a literacy camp for children from the community. I felt so fulfilled and really felt like I was making a difference. This summer internship has inspired me to keep working toward LitWorlds goal of literacy.
LitWorld is more than an organization it's a culture. I learned a new way to interact with people, share stories, and show passion. Though my summer internship is done I really feel like I can rely on the people I worked with and will constantly have a connection to this place.

Todd13

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I interned with this organization this summer and had an excellent experience. The LitWorld staff is organized, passionate, thoughtful, and dedicated to doing good domestically and internationally. Each individual has clearly internalized the mission to advocate for literacy as a human right. I was astounded by how collaborative the organization is; staff were constantly meeting with potential collaborators and fostering partnerships to achieve common goals.

As a camp counselor for LitWorld's Harlem Litcamp, I witnessed first-hand how the programming provided at no cost to the attendees brought learning, joy, and personal growth. As an intern, I felt quickly and deeply absorbed into the LitWorld culture. My time was not spent running errands, nor was I excluded during board meetings. I was assigned meaningful tasks and my input was valued. The staff worked hard in thoughtfully planning the internship, as they do for all of their programming, to ensure an excellent experience

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This summer I interned with LitWorld. My main responsibility was to help plan and execute their annual 5-week LitCamp in Harlem, NY. Throughout the course of the internship the staff went out of their way to help me understand the work of the organization and feel like a member of the LitWorld family. They exposed me to other aspects of their work that interested me besides the LitCamp and truly wanted my input on different projects and proposals. As a college student, I felt that this internship went above and beyond a typical internship in that I had a clearly-defined and important role, I received a lot of attention, and my time was always structured and well-used. LitWorld does beautiful and inspiring work in a creative way and I adored my time with them this summer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I interned with LitWorld this past summer and have not stopped bragging about the organization since then. The duality of my internship introduced me to both the administrative side of LitWorld as well as engaged me in the organization's physical mission of promoting literacy as I spent time in both the office as well as at a partner site with children in Harlem. As a workplace, LitWorld is what I consider a safe space in that it fosters an inclusive environment that encourages self-expression in order to cultivate creativity. This atmosphere reflects LitWorld's commitment to everyone's right to tell his or her own story. Perhaps the most appealing part of LitWorld is that every one of its staff members truly believes in the organization's purpose which is how such a small nonprofit has been so effective and inspiring.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I absolutely loved my time working with LitWorld. They have an amazing staff, amazing programs, and an incredible vision. Each and every one of the people who work with LitWorld and the partners they bring in to work with them are committed 100% to spreading literacy skills and literacy rights around the world. It was so inspiring working with LitWorld, one of the greatest experiences of my life! Pam Allyn, the Executive Director, is such a visionary and her excitement, passion, and dedication to LitWorld's staff and the children they work with is truly awe inspiring. Please make LitWorld on of 2012's Top-Rated Nonprofits! They truly deserve it!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with one of LitWorld's Girls Clubs in Kibera, Kenya, and then at their offices in New York as an intern. I first fell in love with LitWorld because of the girls that I met in Kibera--girls who were confident, funny, and inspirational despite the hardships they face every day. But working at the offices in New York allowed me to see what really makes this organization incredible: the passionate people who work there. I cannot say enough good things about every person who works at LitWorld. Each person uses their own talents to make the organization so dynamic. Over the summer, I Skyped with children in Kibera, worked with teens at the Polo Grounds, and met young children at Broadway Housing in Harlem. All of these kids had an excited, immediate answer to the question: What is your favorite book? That is a rare and incredible thing, I think.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

LitWorld is an incredible organization. Not only is LitWorld extremely effective and well organized, the staff and volunteers are some of the most caring and intelligent people I have ever worked with. As an intern there, I truly felt like I was part of the team and that my input was valued. I highly recommend this organization!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a summer intern for LitWorld in 2011. LitWorld is a true family, and welcomed me and all of the other interns with (literally) open arms. I truly felt like a part of the LitWorld team and was treated with the same level of respect and professionalism as those who had been working there for years. Becoming a part of the LitWorld family has changed the way I look at the literacy as more than a statistical component of development, but also as an essential human right and a true joy. I love LitWorld!