Youth Literacy Initiative

Children are born with a love of learning. When we give them high-quality books that intrigue and challenge, we empower them to pursue their natural curiosity and discover their interests.

Reading daily to young children, starting in infancy, can help with language acquisition and literacy skills. This is because reading to your children in the earliest months stimulates the part of the brain that allows them to understand the meaning of language and helps build key language, literacy and social skills.

As students build a strong foundation in reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills, they develop a confidence in themselves that ensures lifelong learners emerge. 

Crescent City Youth Literacy Initiative provides free, high-quality educational resources for students through our Reading Initiative program. The Reading Initiative program was designed to support literacy development for children at the beginning of their school years.  Our desire is to improve early literacy instruction so that children become powerful readers, writers and thinkers.  

According to research by UNICEF, literacy rates have shown a positive trend in recent years, and most of that progress is due to the increase in educational opportunities and literacy programs around the world. But despite the positive results of recent efforts, there are still 115 million youth, age 15 to 24, that remain illiterate and unable to access education. Literacy rates still remain the lowest in underdeveloped countries, and around the globe, females continue to account for a majority of the total illiterate youth population. Even here in the United States, 43% of adults are functionally illiterate.

 Reading is dreaming

with open eyes.

today a reader,

tomorrow a leader

Give a Gift for Literacy 

We believe strong children and families create safe and healthy communities.  A gift to generously support this program no only impacts our children and families, but further invests in our valued staff, whom are the reason we excel in providing the highest quality of educational resources. We work tirelessly to maximize our resources, but still need your help.

  • $25 - could provide a birthday gift for a child in foster care on their special day.
  • $50 - could provide a backpack and school supplies to start the school year.
  • $100 - could purchase new clothing for a child in foster care for 6 months.