Governor Gary Herbert and the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism announced on Thursday August 29, 2013 a grant the Utah Commission on Service & Volunteerism received to support the Read. Graduate. Succeed. Program, an innovative project focused on improving the education of students across the state.
The grant will allocate $1.2 million to a coalition made up of The Utah AmeriCorps Literacy Initiative, United Way, and other local partners. This coalition has come together to develop this program, which focuses on the goals of the Governor’s “On Pace 66% by 2020” initiative. The program will provide 165 AmeriCorps members placed in schools, who will leverage at least 5,500 volunteers to support a projected 8,000 students in a cradle-to-career pipeline of literacy tutoring, mentoring, and academic support; ensuring that those elementary students are reading on grade level and participating junior high and high school students have a clear pathway to on-time high school graduation.
Corporate partners Questar and the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, as well as Prosperity 2020, participated in echoing the call for businesses in Utah to support the program by providing employee volunteers.
Volunteers are needed now in local Utah schools. Visit readtoday.com/volunteer to register as a volunteer.
This video (http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=18823112) shows how students and tutors are benefiting from reading together.