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Youth Readers Program

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

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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.

2017 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 2017, Reading Legacies helped to create 3,017 shared-reading experiences for over 564 children and teens through our Reading Legacies program for teens. This was all made possible through the dedication of our volunteers who provided over 2,060 hours of their time, as well as generous contributions from community members.

2017 survey results from Reading Role Models, preschool parents and staff:

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  • 57% of high school students report they are reading more with younger relatives
  • 100% of high school students report that their participation with Reading Legacies has strengthened their leadership skills
  • 93% of high school students report volunteering with Reading Legacies has taught them the importance of shared-reading
  • 92% of preschool parents are reading more with their child since participating in the program
  • 92% of preschool parents report their child’s interest in reading has increased
  • 84% of childcare staff report the children have improved literacy skills
  • 84% of childcare staff report the children have an increased interest in reading
   Program Locations

Youth Readers Program Guests

Our Office

2750 Historic Decatur Rd.
Barracks 15 • Ste. 210
San Diego, CA 92106
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  (619) 269-2743
  (619) 269-2766


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