National studies show a strong link between a child’s literacy skills and future economic success. Children who have not developed basic literacy skills by the time they enter school are almost four times more likely to drop out in later years. And among those who reach adulthood with the lowest level of literacy proficiency, 43% live in poverty. Among those who have strong literacy skills, only 4% live in poverty.
It’s simple. Children who grow up as strong readers and writers have many more opportunities available to them than those who do not.
We serve young readers and writers at greatest risk of growing up with low literacy skills:
Unlock Hearts has a reputation for being an efficient, effective non-profit. It costs Unlock Hearts an average of only $25 to serve a child. That $25 lets a child participate in a Unlock Hearts event and choose two brand-new books to take home and keep.
We are always interested in hearing from individuals who live near our office in the NYC area who can help young readers pick out books and film their book reviews.