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.
LitWorld is the most effective, practical non-profit I have ever encountered. Its work in literacy through the LitClubs and LitCamps actually and truly impacts the kids it works with in life-changing ways. LitWorld understands that the deepest work is in the details, and that the nuts and bolts, real-life execution of its literacy programming is how it will achieve its goals. At the same time, the mission is joyful, and deeply human, and connected to the biggest pictures possible. It is about giving the tools of story and literacy, and changing perspectives so that the poorest child sees the world in an entirely new light as a place of opportunity and hope. LitWorld partners with local community leaders, always working harmoniously with the communities it serves. Pam Allyn's vision and drive and passion infuse the entire organization. LitWorld knows the pain so many children are suffering, but even more it knows the joy that lies within them, and it enables kids to nurse and tend to that joy to strengthen it into confident, literate adulthood.