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88% of students who failed to earn a high school diploma

were struggling readers in third grade.

Education Connection is raising up volunteers to help combat this alarming statistic.

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Our Mission

Our Mission is simple, straightforward, and achievable…

every child reading by the end of 3rd grade.

Our Why

In 2009, the church community asked city leaders what we could do to make a lasting impact in our city. The answer was simple: to support children’s literacy and decrease school dropout rates. Hence, Education Connection was created. In the 2019-20 school year, more than 1,160 volunteers were serving at least 2,535 children in 11 school districts across Central Texas by sitting with elementary children each week for 30 minutes to read one-on-one. With the program growing rapidly and with more children in need of extra support, there’s a place for you to make a difference in a child’s education and life.

Our Impact

100%

of all Teachers noticed improvement in some or all of their students reading with literacy partners this year!

98%

of all Literacy Partners noticed improvement in some or all of their students they worked with this year!

95%

of all Teachers want to participate again next year, AND Teachers felt information was communicated to them in a manner that was timely & purposeful.

Our Students Improved In

Reading Confidence

Sounding Out New/Difficult Words

Word Comprehension

Progressing Through Reading Levels

Join Education Connection

Literacy isn’t a problem, illiteracy is!

Join us as we combat childhood illiteracy, one of the largest problems in the Greater Austin

area, by equipping an army of volunteers to read to students one-on-one,

while supporting educators as they help children to learn and grow.

Our 2021-22 Community Footprint

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*Note: 2021-22 statistics are with fewer than normal districts/schools opening due to the lingering CV19 Pandemic.
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Our Footprint

Across 11 school districts in the

Greater Austin area.

By the Numbers

There are 536 Volunteers in

79 Schools serving 1,289 Students

*Note: 2021-22 statistics are with fewer than normal districts/schools opening due to the lingering CV19 Pandemic.
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We help children learn to read

so they can read to learn.