Our mission is to develop and grow the reading skills of underserved Dallas children ages 3-12 so that they succeed in school and graduate prepared to live productive lives.

Helping all Dallas Students read on grade level

Readers 2 Leaders is a literacy program that serves Dallas kindergarten and elementary students. We recognize that students who don't read on grade level by third grade are four times less likely to graduate high school, and low-income students are six times less likely — so we help them beat the odds. Readers 2 Leaders operates Booktown, home of our After-School Program, summer camp, lending library, special events, and parent education programs. We also provide in-school reading tutoring at six school sites throughout Dallas and a second After-School Program at a West Dallas charter school. 

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Readers 2 Leaders will provide high-quality, high-dosage reading instruction to approximately 600 Dallas children in the 2019 - 20 school year. What does that mean, exactly?

  • Our staff includes 6 trained Instructors who provide the bulk of reading instruction to students, guided by an Instructional Coach. Further supporting our instructional staff are the roughly 250 volunteer reading buddies who help tutor our students.

  • Our after-school students receive 8 hours of additional reading tutoring per week, and in-school students receive at least 2 hours of tutoring per week. This seriously improves both their reading and their overall success in school.

  • Our summer camp students benefit from six weeks of reading and enrichment. In 2019, 96 percent of R2L campers did not experience the summer slide, meaning they maintained or grew their reading skills and went back to school ready to learn.