Share Your Love of Reading

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Make Reading Matter

1 in 4 adults in San Diego are functionally illiterate. Illiteracy and low literacy leads to poor life outcomes including higher rates of incarceration, homelessness, dependence on public assistance, and poor health. Illiteracy is 100% preventable and Words Alive needs your help to ensure that we can continue to serve the children and families who need us most with programs proven to not only improve literacy but inspire a lifelong love of reading and learning.

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Family Literacy

By three years of age, there is a 30 million word gap between children from the wealthiest and poorest families. This means that children from low-income communities start kindergarten with a significantly smaller vocabulary to build on. At Words Alive, we are working to eliminate this inequality with our Family Literacy Program. This year we will reach over 600 families with 10.5 hours of parent education on how they can make reading fun in their home.


Teen Services

"At first I didn't like reading becuase I didn't understand what I was reading, even though it was my level book. I would just go on and on to finish, and I wouldn't know what I was reading." When asked what changed after Words Alive, she replied, "I started paying attention. I learned how to get myself into a book, how to question what I'm reading to get into it. [Now] I get why readers are reading." - Adolescent Book Group participant


Read Aloud Programs

There is only one book for every 300 children in low-income neighborhoods compared to 13 books per child in middle income neighborhoods. This year, Words Alive will gift over 9,500 new books to children in our programs so they can build their home libraries. Having access to books at home allows families to support education outside of the classroom and create a love of learning and reading that will last a life time.