Washington, D.C. (May 6, 2015) – The National Book Foundation today announced that Reach Incorporated has been awarded the 2015 Innovations in Reading Prize. Reach improves youth literacy outcomes in Washington D.C. by training high school students, who are not thriving in school, to be elementary school reading tutors and children’s book authors.
The award was announced in the Washington Post this morning. The National Book Foundation’s executive director, Harold Augenbraum says in the article, “Reach stood out among 159 applications we received this year with its forward-thinking approach to engagement in reading and the social world. We think its initiatives can produce significant results in Washington and in other communities across the country.”
The National Book Foundation selects a single national winner who has, “developed innovative means of creating and sustaining a lifelong love of reading,” to receive a $10,000 grant.
Mark Hecker, the founder and executive director of Reach, stated, “We are honored that the work of our teens, and the staff who support them, is being honored by the National Book Foundation. With this support and attention, we look forward to authoring new books and supporting the reading development of additional elementary school students. D.C.’s teens are ready to do great work their communities.”
Reach Incorporated develops confident, grade-level readers and capable leaders by training teens to teach younger students. Through this unique relationship, both the teen tutors and their elementary school students experience significant reading growth. Young readers receive individualized support while teen tutors solidify foundational literacy skills in an engaging and empowering way.
The National Book Foundation celebrates the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of great writing in America.
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