School closures have negatively impacted students’ literacy globally. However, for young Black men and boys, in particular, a Denver-based organization is determined to reverse the effects.
According to Black Enterprise, The Sims-Fayola Foundation is partnering with FYR is LIT (Fueling Youth Reading is Leaders in Training) — a literacy empowerment and leadership development program — to provide online tutoring for male students of color who are struggling with e-learning.
Upon signing up for the program, students will be assessed for their educational needs, then tutored based on a tailored curriculum led by a LIT tutor. Each session is 40 minutes, during which the tutee will learn letter annunciation and phoneme awareness, spelling rules, writing practice, and read aloud. Individuals will be connected to one another via Zoom.
Several other non-profit organizations and foundations also target youth literacy, including the Carr Cares Foundation.
Carr Cares, founded by NFL player Brandon Carr in 2012, was established to inspire young students to become proficient readers. Through the organization’s Lit Buddies, a bi-monthly literacy subscription box curated for elementary-age children, and other learning resources, they provide the tools to help students reach their full potential.