Every 1 Reads is a communitywide initiative designed to help JCPS students get to proficiency in literacy. The initiative, which began in 2004, matches volunteers with students in schools and at Out-of-School Time (OST) Learning Place sites, which provide academic and recreational opportunities for students before and after school and throughout the summer.

The Every 1 Reads initiative builds partnerships with schools, families, and community members to enrich students’ educational experiences and support their success. Community volunteers are critical to Every 1 Reads. These volunteers work one-on-one with students for 30 minutes each week to help them become “reading detectives.” (Click here for information on becoming a volunteer.)

Connection with a caring community member, through reading, helps foster resilience while building strong, confident readers. Many times, this connection to an adult is just what students need to help them move to proficiency.

There are many students who could read much better if someone just took the time to connect with them.

For more information, contact Every 1 Reads trainer, Karen Mize at (502) 485-8185 or karen.mize@jefferson.kyschools.us.

Businesses Support Every 1 Reads

Businesses that want to work with the Every 1 Reads initiative can call (502) 485-3995. Businesses that want to make a donation should contact the Jefferson County Public Education Foundation (JCPEF) at (502) 485-6636. Individual business leaders who want to mentor or tutor a student should call (502) 485-8185.

History of Every 1 Reads

Coordinator Training Resources

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