Literacy for Los Angeles

— Since 1999 —

Since 1999, KOREH L.A. has supplied the literacy support and mentorship that the children of Los Angeles need to succeed in school and in life.

Los Angeles faces a literacy crisis.

More than half of Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) 3rd graders read below grade level. These students are four times less likely to graduate high school on time than their peers.

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KOREH L.A. is the largest volunteer children's literacy program in the city of Los Angeles.

We train volunteer reading partners to work one-on-one with LAUSD K-5th grade students identified by their teachers as ‘reluctant readers’ for one hour per week, focusing on building literacy skills and fostering a love of reading.

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Creating readers and leaders.

The Teen Literacy Corps (TLC) empowers Los Angeles teens to inspire a love of reading in local elementary students. We train middle or high school classrooms and pair them with a nearby elementary school for weekly or bi-weekly reading sessions, providing reading support for the elementary schoolers and a meaningful service opportunity for the teens.

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Placing more books in the hands of more students.

Growing up in a home with 500 books will propel a child 3.2 years further in their education than a home without books. The KOREH L.A. Book Initiative restocks the empty shelves of LAUSD elementary school libraries and sends individually curated selections of books to the home libraries of students across Los Angeles.

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Over 18,000 mentors trained

in literacy skills and paired with elementary school reading buddies.

Over 20,000 students inspired

to love reading.

Over 150 LAUSD schools reached

in partnership with KOREH L.A., all across the city of Los Angeles and surrounding county.

Over 30,000 books distributed

to school libraries, classrooms, and students.

"The KOREH L.A. intervention is a highly successful program... . The KOREH L.A. student participants demonstrated significant reading achievement, reading engagement, and reading motivation gains."

USC Rossier School of Education
Independent Evaluation Report of KOREH L.A. Program

If you can read this,

you can help a child who can't.

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