News for You: Life-Changing Learning for Every Child, Everywhere

Summer has a whole new story.

Out-of-school months have a critical impact on children's academic success. Unequal access to summer learning programs accounts for over half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth. By the end of sixth grade, children who lose reading skills over the summer will be two years behind their classmates. LitWorld is closing the summer literacy gap with our groundbreaking LitCamp program. We have partnered with Scholastic and school districts across the country to bring LitCamp to 25,000 children this summer. LitCamp re-imagines summer learning, combining the pure joy of camp with reading and writing experiences that affirm and enhance the strengths of every child. From New York City to Detroit, Austin to Oakland, we are making it possible for all children, no matter their zip code, to grow, thrive and strive as readers.

A read aloud on wheels.

LitWorld programs are renowned for the ease with which they can be implemented in communities in urgent need of literacy support. At over six million, Pakistan has the world’s second-highest number of out-of-school children. In rural communities, only 20 percent of girls go to school. LitWorld is responding to this crisis with our year-round LitClub and library programs. In the past year, we have opened two community libraries in Faisalabad and Khushal which serve hundreds of readers each week. To extend our support to remote rural communities, we launched a mobile library program with our local partner, the Seeds of Hope Foundation. Our message is that literacy is not optional: it is a lifeline. The link between literacy levels and positive health and economic outcomes is profound. Women with high literacy levels earn 95 percent more than women with no literacy skills. Our programs and library spaces are making the effects of reading and writing visible to parents and community members, and we are changing the value placed on children's education.

A LitWorld celebration on Martha's Vineyard!

Join us on Saturday, August 6th for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and a celebration of the work LitWorld does to strengthen children and their communities through the power of literacy. Click here to RSVP and learn more.