Ten years ago, the church community asked city leaders what we could do to make a lasting impact in our city. The answer was simple: help children fight illiteracy and decrease school dropout rates. Hence, Education Connection was created. In the 2019-20 school year, more than 1,160 volunteers are currently 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.
With over 200 elementary schools located in the Greater Austin area, the need to reach every child is tremendous. As a faith-based community, we have an opportunity to partner a church with each school, reading to children one-on-one, while supporting educators as they help children to learn and grow. So far, 185+ churches, community organizations, and school partnerships have started in the Greater Austin area with hundreds of Literacy Partners and Mentors impacting the lives of children.