Educational Institutions

Everybody Wins! DC

  • Washington, DC
  • www.everybodywinsdc.org

Mission Statement

Everybody Wins! DC is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting children's literacy and a love of learning through shared reading experiences with caring individuals. These experiences enhance children's self-esteem, expanding their possibilities for success in school and life, and enable adult volunteers and communities to experience the rewards of enriching young lives.

EW!DC does this by pairing elementary school children caring adults recruited from Capitol Hill, the federal government, corporations, local businesses, and other organizations.

Main Programs

  1. Programs Overview
  2. Power Lunch
Service Areas

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District of Columbia

Washington Metropolitan Area

ruling year

1996

Principal Officer

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Mrs. Mary Salander

Keywords

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children's literacy, literacy, mentoring, youth, reading, low-income

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Also Known As

EW!DC

EIN

52-1938281

 Number

6384394316

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

Voluntarism Promotion (T40)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Based on the belief that the most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children, Everybody Wins! DC's (EW!DC) programs benefit children academically, as well as socially, by bringing a diverse selection of literature into the schools and pairing students with caring individuals who serve as Reading Mentors. EW!DC's programs benefit children by creating a unique mentoring paradigm to achieve a mutually enriching, one-on-one relationships built around the joy of reading. EW!DC enters its 22nd year of service to at-risk youth with a stellar reputation for quality programs, strong fiscal management, creative partnership building, and meaningful outreach to schools and their communities. At the heart of the EW!DC magic is a special link between a student and mentor focused entirely on improving the literacy and future of that student. The simplicity of our goal and genuine approach has proven central to our success.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Programs Overview

The literacy and mentoring activities reach more than 6,000 underserved children in 36 low-income public elementary schools and are implemented through four programs:

Power Lunch program -- links eager young minds with caring adults, who give an hour of their time each week to read and talk with children over shared lunch. The mentors promote reading for pleasure, serve as role models, and build children?s self-confidence.

Readers Are Leaders program -- older school students are paired with younger children to read together. EW!DC provides extensive leadership training to the older children, supporting them in their growth as reading mentors and as leaders in their school communities.

Story Time -- storytellers, authors, and performers provide monthly programs to Title I public elementary schools that are not served by Power Lunch or Readers Are Leaders.

Book distributions -- EW!DC distributes children's books several times each year directly to the children as well as to the schools, which often have meager library resources.

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Program 2

Power Lunch

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Six long-term objectives drive EW!DC to attain its goal of serving all of the eligible children who could benefit from literacy and mentoring support in the Power Lunch program:
    1. Improve children's interest in and attitudes toward reading.
    2. Improve reading-related skills and classroom behavior.
    3. Expand at-risk youth's opportunities for success by providing caring mentors who encourage academic success and help build self-esteem and confidence.
    4. Provide flexible, convenient volunteer experiences.
    5. Bring community support to DC's under resourced public elementary schools.
    6. Expose children to people of diverse cultures and backgrounds.


  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    EW!DC's proven programs serve children in need of extra reading at a crucial point in their education. Many of our students come from challenging home environments and could use a caring, consistent mentor in their lives. EW!DC students are in grades K through 5, and K through 8 where elementary and middle schools are combined, in low-income public elementary schools and come from families that live in some of the most economically distressed neighborhoods in the region. The benefits of a caring consistent role model have proven to be instrumental in improving students reading and reading-related skills.

    The goal of EW!DC is to serve students who are falling behind their peers in reading ability and are at-risk for academic failure, and in most cases, come from difficult home environments, all from low-income public elementary schools. The students we serve are referred to the program by their teachers and/or principals who are familiar with the student's academic progress, needs and social circumstance. Suggested selection guidelines are: does not have the ability to read at a basic level, may need extra support to sharpen reading skills, build vocabulary, increase reading confidence or develop a greater interest in books and reading, may benefit academically or socially from consistent and positive adult interaction.

    The EW!DC model targets underserved children with two programs: Power Lunch and StoryTime.

    The Power Lunch program links eager young minds with adult professionals who give an hour of their time each week to read and talk with children over the lunch hour. The goal of the Power Lunch program is to reach young children and help transform their lives through reading, by providing them with caring Reading Mentors who read one-on-one with them each week over the school year. Over the past twenty years, thousands of Reading Mentors from Capitol Hill, government agencies, corporations, local businesses, and other organizations have made this vision a reality. The mentors promote reading for pleasure, serve as caring adult role models, build self-confidence and enhance self-esteem. Each student in the Power Lunch program also receive a new book to take home every month during the school year.

    StoryTime brings storytellers, authors, and performers to provide monthly programs to low-income public elementary schools that are not served by Power Lunch. Each student also receives a new book to take home and share with their family at the end of each performance.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Based on the belief that the most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children, EW!DC's programs benefit children academically, as well as socially by bringing a diverse selection of literature into the schools and pairing students with caring adult readers who serve as Reading Mentors. The greatest strength of the program is the positive connection that is created when a mentor and child bond to achieve a mutually enriching, one-on-one relationship built around the joy of reading. EW!DC has long-standing relationships with over 110 Congressional offices, government agencies, corporations, small businesses, and other organizations who encourage their employees to volunteer as Reading Mentors each week. With a remarkable 70 percent retention rate, many Reading Mentors continue reading with their partner for several years.

    EW!DC also employs on-site School Coordinators who are responsible for the implementation and daily operations of the Power Lunch program at each school site. School Coordinators enforce program guidelines, ensuring volunteers and students have everything they need for the mentoring experience. School Coordinators are members of the community, many of whom have attended, or have children who attend DCPS schools. School Coordinators are provided training on volunteer management, public speaking, problem solving, organizations skills, children's literature and children's mentoring. EW!DC's unique management paradigm is a shining example of EW!DC's commitment to harness the exceptional talent in the community by providing long-term career opportunities for many low-income individuals.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Measures of evaluation include recording:
    - Student and mentor attendance to track total number of service hours.
    - Total number of books read by students, including number of higher level books read.
    - Number of books donated and distributed to students.
    - New vocabulary words learned.
    - Reading Mentor feedback from surveys conducted.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Over the past 22 years, EW!DC has served over 66,000 students and distributed more than 210,000 new books to those students, and provided meaningful volunteer opportunities for thousands of professional adults, allowing us to emerge as the largest literacy and mentoring organization in the Washington, DC Area.

    In two independent evaluations, one under the auspices of the US Department of Education and the other by Loyola University of Chicago, EW!DC's Power Lunch emerged as one of very few programs documented to effectively impact low-income students in reading comprehension, motivation and achievement, as well as overall academic performance, classroom behavior, self-confidence and social skills. Comparing Power Lunch student groups (treatment) with non-Power Lunch groups (control), information was collected from teachers, students, Reading Mentors and standardized test scores. It was concluded that more than twice as many Power Lunch students improved their academic performance compared to control group students. Results also showed statistically significant gains for students: 25% of the poor readers improved academic performance, more than double the 12% in the control group. Also, 16% of low readers improved classroom behavior, more than five times the number in the control group.

    While EW!DC has accomplished a lot over the past 22 years, much remains to be done. The need for intervention and mentoring of this student population in the DC area is critical and the demand for EW!DC's services is already higher than the organization can meet. There are hundreds of children on our waiting lists and teachers/principals who have asked EW!DC to start-up services in their schools. We continue to reach for our goal of serving all students who would benefit from our services.

    Additionally, the problems associated with illiteracy are not going to be “fixed" in a single year. EW!DC is positioned to sustain its programs to make an even greater impact turning around the destructive effects of illiteracy on our society, but this is a long-term process.
Service Areas

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District of Columbia

Washington Metropolitan Area

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Financials

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EVERYBODY WINS! D.C., INC.
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Everybody Wins! DC

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Mary Salander

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mark Young

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