Goodman Community Center | START Literacy Initiative

Introducing the START Literacy Initiative, an effort that aims to help increase literacy rates for youth within the greater Madison area using the Science of Reading.

START Literacy Initiative

The START residency program is a two-on-one approach to literacy tutoring. Volunteer adult tutors and paid teen tutors go through rigorous training to learn how to teach elementary-age youth to read. Together, one adult tutor and one teen tutor work with one elementary student to improve the young person’s reading skills.

The pilot group in spring 2024 will focus on 2nd-5th graders who are not yet reading at grade level and who attend Goodman’s elementary after-school program.

The Goal

Students enrolled in the pilot will jump more than their expected yearly reading growth.

A young girl sits on a couch and draws and writes in Goodman Community Center's after-school program.

SV Heart Photography

Elementary students need our help.

Currently, about 35% of 3rd graders in Wisconsin are reading at or above grade level. Among Black students in Dane County, that percentage is only 10%. Our schools don’t have the staff or resources to provide students with all of the help they need.

The community must step up.

It’s up to all of us to come together and address this crisis in literacy. Our kids’ futures depend on it.

Learn more about volunteering

For more information about START Literacy Initiative contact:

Iris Patterson

Literacy Specialist
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