Our Mission: Strengthening kids and communities through the power of stories.

LitWorld is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded by literacy expert Pam Allyn in 2007. LitWorld works with a broad coalition of national and international partners to ensure that young people worldwide can experience the joy and transformation of reading, writing, and storytelling.

Our year-round, child-centered programming is designed to develop each of the 7 Strengths which LitWorld sees as inherent in every child. Our programs encourage self-expression, build understanding, and cultivate confidence, using literacy as a tool and pathway for self-empowerment. 

Stories are humankind's greatest resource, and these stories are the key to creating social change. 

When kids have access to spaces where they are free to explore their identities, discover their strengths, and express their dreams, they become empowered to create lasting change in their lives, in their communities, and beyond. 

Core Values

Our core values guide all of the work that we do, from how we design our programs, to how we communicate with our partners, and to how we share our work with the world. We believe in these values and always seek to live up to them. We partner with nonprofit organizations, individuals, and corporations who share these core values with us. 

  • We value the child’s own story.

  • We value our community-based partners.

  • We value reading, writing, listening, speaking and viewing as powerful tools.

  • We value equity of access.