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Community Connections

Reading Legacies

Another basic Reading Legacies strategy is designed to positively impact high school aged youth through a semester-long commitment of reading aloud weekly to young children in their own communities. Special emphasis is placed on reaching into underserved communities. Throughout the semester, adult volunteers partner with the youth participants to provide training, guidance, and encouragement. These young volunteers develop a sense of self-esteem and responsibility for the future of their own community.

We value reading aloud as an effective medium to build relationships and develop an interest in reading.

Guest Readers

Reading Legacies

The Guest Reader component is an important part of the Community Connections Program. Adults from the community are invited to read aloud with the young children and dialogue with the high school aged youth. They share information about their careers and educational backgrounds.

2016 Program Information

Evidence-based outcomes are a high priority of Reading Legacies. We utilize pre and post surveys of our participants, surveys of all collaborating partners as well as family members – providing information on their satisfaction and self-assessed behavioral changes.

In 2016, Reading Legacies helped to create 4,365 shared-reading experiences for over 340 children and teens through our Reading Legacies program for teens. This was all made possible through the dedication of our volunteers who provided over 1,660 hours of their time, as well as generous contributions from community members.

Survey Results from participating student volunteers:

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  • 98% of the teens report that participation in the program has allowed them to have a positive impact on children in their community
  • 94% of the preschooler’s parents report that their child’s interest in reading has increased
  • 91% of the preschooler’s parents are reading more with their child at home
  • 88% of the preschooler’s parents report that they learned a new technique for making shared-reading enjoyable
  • 62% of the teens report they are reading with a younger sibiling/relative

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2750 Historic Decatur Rd., Ste. 210
San Diego, CA 92106
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