“To Empower children and youth as valued family and community members through intergenerational shared-reading experiences.”
“The focus of our programs is to support the most vulnerable children and youth in our communities, especially those in underserved, low-income areas and/or those who have an incarcerated parent or other family member.”
“Our vision is that through shared-reading experiences, these children and youth will have improved reading skills, increased self-esteem and connectedness to their families and communities.”
During the more than two decades of managing her first nonprofit organization, Founder Betty J. Mohlenbrock, M.Ed. was able to witness the impact that reading aloud with young children has on people of all ages, not just the child or parents. Her findings, coupled with the personal belief that youth are a powerful and important resource for the future of society, led her to begin shaping the framework for programs that would positively impact all children and youth, especially those who are underserved and at-risk for failure in school and life.