Reach Out and Read Southern Arizona (est. 2000) prepares children from birth through age five to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. Our pediatric partners provide new books to children and early-literacy coaching to parents so their children grow up with books and a love of reading.
Reading Seed (est. 1995) recruits and trains volunteer reading coaches to work one-to-one with students in kindergarten through fifth grade who are reading below grade level. We distribute free books to children and offer a leveled lending library for coaches, teachers and other literacy providers with books that match K-12 students’ interests and reading ability.
Stories that Soar! (est. 2002) gives voice to the original words and creative ideas of young people by sharing their stories through professional theatre productions, visual arts, handcrafted books and an arts integration K-12 curriculum. Each of our programs provides opportunity for young writers to experience the power of literacy and creative expression as their stories soar to life through the arts.
Adult Basic Literacy (est. 1961) recruits, trains and supports volunteers to tutor adult students who are working to improve their reading, writing and math skills. We offer an individualized approach to support each student’s personal learning goals, with one-on-one tutoring, group classes, and personal help in our tutoring center and computer lab. (Our adult programs were formerly known as Literacy Volunteers of Tucson.)
English Language Acquisition for Adults (est. 1961) recruits, trains and supports volunteers to provide free classes for immigrants and refugees who want to speak, write and read in English so they can fully participate in — and contribute to — our community. Classes take place at schools, libraries and community centers around Tucson. (Our adult programs were formerly known as Literacy Volunteers of Tucson.)
The Infusion Project is a combination of Literacy Connects programming meant to improve literacy and language skills among infants, children, adults, and families in neighborhoods around schools in the Sunnyside Unified School District. This is the first project that integrates all of Literacy Connects’ programs.
Big Read Connects Tucson is a community collaboration presented by Literacy Connects through a Big Read Grant. The Big Read is a National Endowment for the Arts program presented in partnership with Arts Midwest to broaden our understanding of our world, our community, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book or the work of a great poet. Big Read Connects Tucson celebrated and explored the work of Edgar Allan Poe from September 2015 – May 2016.