Mission: Founded in 1981, Reading Is FUNdamental (RIF) Pittsburgh''s mission is to provide children with the resources, motivation and opportunities to develop a life-long love of reading.
Target demographics: We serve children from PreK-6th grade in Pittsburgh and the surrounding communities.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 22,000 children and families
Geographic areas served: Allegheny County
Programs: Our research-based programs work to bridge the local literacy and achievement gaps and aim to spark a life-long passion for reading and learning in the children that we serve.
Our Books for Keeps program engages children in 3-5 Reading Celebrations each year, where they participate in a fun, motivational activity and get to select a book of their very own to take home and keep, and our Books for Keeps “Math and Science” program takes advantage of the integrative nature of reading by weaving hands-on math and science experiments into our Reading Celebrations. Our Family Engagement programs work to introduce good literacy practices into the home and provide incentives and recognition for children and families to read together.
Everybody Wins! is a lunchtime literacy and mentoring program that pairs corporate and community volunteers with first, second, and third graders to read one-on-one each week during lunchtime. The Storymobiles are libraries-on-wheels that deliver books and literacy resources to early childhood centers, pre-K and kindergarten classrooms, afterschool programs, and public housing communities across our city. Each year, we reach over 22,000 children and families in our local community and put more than 103,000 self-selected books into the homes that need it most.
RIF Pittsburgh is armed with an arsenal of services that allows us to effectively tackle the literacy challenges that our community faces. Our goal is to ensure that all of our programs work in tandem, building upon each other to create a web of services aimed at mitigating the literacy gap. We will continue to saturate targeted neighborhoods with as many of our programs as possible, creating an environment that will enable a child to be exposed to RIF programs from birth into their teens.
Cindy Krappweis, the Executive Director of Reading is FUNdamental Pittsburgh, has incredible energy. She exudes this natural light that I can only imagine is a strong motivator for engaging children in the excitement and importance of reading. The programs offered that actively incorporates parent involvement in reading with their children provide great opportunity to foster a life-long love for learning.