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.
I am a former elementary school teacher and am proud to serve on the board of LitWorld. Pam Allyn is a visionary who is passionate about the power of literacy to transform the world. Being able to read, write, speak and listen enables people to stand up and be leaders for change in their communities. The work that LitWorld does lifts hearts and minds of children to make a profound impact on their community. The LitClubs build resiliency in some of the most underserved and impoverished areas of our planet. Everyone involved with the work truly believes that literacy is a right that every child deserves. And LitWorld works tirelessly to ensure that it happens!
I work in international development and am proud to serve on the Board of LitWorld because they do great grassroots work with impact. I've seen many programmes fail because they are not rooted in communities. This is the strength of LitWorld. They take the time to listen and get to know people where they live. They are guided by a spirit of service and love that makes their literacy interventions transformational for those who participate. The LitClubs fill a real need for adolescents who crave a caring, learning environment where they can become more of who they want to be.