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Our charity helps children read at grade level

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Every child deserves a chance at reading

A huge thanks to all our volunteers at the 2016 Reading Olympics!

Are You Interested in Volunteering as a 2016 Philadelphia READS MVP Reader? Click here.

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What We Do

In 1997, Philadelphia hosted the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future. The summit aimed to “turn the tide for America’s youth,” with a particular focus on those who were not provided a fair start due to the ills associated with poverty and struggling school districts.

This was the catalyst for the expansion of the “America Reads Challenge” to spread across our nation with states as far as California to Massachusetts in participation.

The goal of the America Reads Challenge was to enlist an army of reading tutors to provide the one-on-one attention necessary for children to “catch up and get ahead,” with an objective of reading on grade-level by the end of third grade.

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PHILADELPHIA READS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and registered with Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations, no. 39122. If you are a resident of the United States, your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Our registered business address is 1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Suite 201, Philadelphia, PA 19103.