Commencing its journey in Silicon Valley in 1999 as “Yes Reading,” Reading Partners rapidly expanded its presence. Shortly afterward, it extended its reach across California by 2007, eventually evolving into a national nonprofit organization. This transformation mobilized communities, allowing them to provide students with the essential and specialized reading support needed to achieve grade-level proficiency by the fourth grade. Moreover, by establishing strong partnerships with teachers, parents, and community volunteers and equipping tutors with thoughtfully crafted, research-based lesson plans, Reading Partners effectively nurtures students. This approach helps them become confident and enthusiastic readers. Continuing this remarkable path, they expanded their reach into 12 diverse U.S. regions. In each of these regions, they introduced a groundbreaking blueprint in 2018. Impressively, by 2022, they had successfully conducted over 2.5 million tutoring sessions.
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Reading Partners aims to help children become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction with measurable results.
Starting with Felicia Webb, she has an impressive career spanning over two decades in both the education and nonprofit sectors. Initially, she held roles as an educator and therapist, later transitioning into a leadership consultant. Before fully committing to nonprofits, she guided individuals in their career journeys. Furthermore, Felicia excels in nonprofit management, creating educational materials, and securing grants. She also possesses a talent for workplace evaluation. Additionally, she's initiated projects to enhance reading skills, facilitate job placements, and promote community rehabilitation. Fueled by her unwavering commitment, she consistently advocates for a holistic approach to youth education, often fondly recalling her foundational days as a teacher.
On the other hand, Michael Andrade is the Director of Development at Reading Partners. With an equally rich background spanning two decades, Michael brings a wealth of skills to the table. Specifically, he excels in strategic planning and DEI facilitation. Furthermore, he's renowned for mentoring executives, bridging gaps within senior teams and organizations, and providing specialized business consultancy. As a result, his extensive expertise greatly benefits Reading Partners.
“Empowering children through literacy is the bridge to a brighter future.” – Felicia Webb
“Every child deserves to reach their full potential; all they need are the right resources.” – Felicia Webb
“One book can ignite a spark; 20 can change a child's world.” – Felicia Webb