The Empowerment Factory, in partnership with the non-profit Jester & Pharley Phund, has introduced a literacy curriculum for low-income children that combines reading, creativity and compassion. This program is a Read-a-thon that rewards students for the pages they read. As students read pages they earn books and toys to be donated to children in local hospitals.

70% of students in our summer 2019 pilot program agreed that they wanted to read more after participating in the program. When the Reading Makes a Difference Empowerment Project is implemented during the summer, students are less likely to experience “Summer Slide” where literacy declines due to lack of practice.

This program best suits elementary aged children and can be presented in forty minute modules over three weeks or as a partnership with teachers to provide curriculum and supplies.