Youth Literacy

Youth Literacy


All students in the Triangle read on grade-level by the end of third-grade

Why it Matters

According to the National Research Council, “academic success, as defined by high school graduation, can be predicted with reasonable accuracy by knowing someone’s reading skill at the end of third grade.”  Third grade marks an important learning milestone; students learn to read until the third grade, and read to learn thereafter.  Students who struggle to read at this early age tend to fall further behind their peers as time passes and are four times more likely than proficient readers to leave school without a diploma.

Students of color and those from economically disadvantaged families more often receive below proficient scores on early grade reading tests. Our community’s success or failure in education for the next generation has direct implications for economic vitality, health, crime rates, and other factors determining quality of life in the region.

We’re Working To:

  • Improve school readiness, reduce chronic absence, promote summer learning, and engage families
  • Develop a region-wide system of support for early learning and development


View a list of Youth Literacy nonprofit partners since 2013 here.

Send A Kid To Camp

As a part of our focus on education, our Send A Kid To Camp™ program provides a safe, educational, healthy outlet for our community’s children at-risk through summer camp scholarships. Learn more about the program and our current partners here

Stories of Impact

Featured highlight: WAKE Up and Read

“WAKE Up and Read brings so many books to children who cannot buy them.  Along with many other children I’ve had the opportunity to choose books from WAKE Up and Read. I now have 30 books in my home collection.  Last year my favorite book I selected was Indian Captive: the Story of Mary Jemison by Lois Lenski.  I especially liked this book because it was from the perspective of a young girl.  Thank you for providing us with books.” – Anai, a 5th grade student at Fox Road Elementary

You can read more stories of our impact, and the success of local nonprofits addressing education, here.


Sarah Battersby

Senior Scholarships & Education Officer
Phone 919.474.8370 ext:4015
Email [email protected]