Educational Institutions

The READ Center

  • Richmond, VA
  • www.readcenter.org

Mission Statement

To help adults with low-level reading skills develop basic reading skills through class instruction and one-to-one tutoring.

Main Programs

  1. Adult Literacy Programs
  2. Literacy Tutor Training
Service Areas

Self-reported

Virginia

Metro Richmond

ruling year

1986

Executive Director since 2015

Self-reported

Ms. Karen S. La Forge

Keywords

Self-reported

literacy, reading, reading instruction, illiteracy, adult basic ed

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Also Known As

The READ Center

EIN

54-1364885

 Number

4366817681

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

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Overview

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AccomplishmentsPiloting summer math and computer classes for low level literacy adults.Trained more than 70 tutors to support classes and one-to-one tutor pairs.Developed partnerships with other nonprofits like, HomeAgain and The Daily Planet, to support their mission and READ's. Goals:Open READ classrooms in the east end (East End Library) and south side (Workforce Resource Center) for the new semester beginning in September 2016.Increase the number of working one-to-one tutors to at least 60 next year. READ's long-term goal is to have at least 200 working pairs in the next four years.Start a Tutor Council that will help support the expansion of one-to-one tutors through creating professional development opportunities, increased communications and feedback on training needs.

Programs

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Program 1

Adult Literacy Programs

Classroom instruction and one-to-one tutoring to teach reading and communication skills to low level literacy adults. Originally developed as a one-to-one tutoring program, READ has continued to grow and change its methods and training over time, keeping pace with the field of Adult Literacy. Classroom instruction and one-to-one tutoring provide students with a defined curriculum and personal support to achieve literacy goals. Increased frequency of student participation from once per week to twice per week and intensity of instruction from one hour to two hours give students the opportunity to make progress in reading.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Adults

Budget

$284,299.00

Program 2

Literacy Tutor Training

Training of volunteers to serve as adult literacy tutors. The READ Center trains and provides resources to volunteers who tutor adult-learners twice a week on average. READ tutors come from all walks of life and share a common interest in giving back and making a difference. Their gifts of time, dedication, and talents to our students is much needed and greatly appreciated.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$3,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Virginia

Metro Richmond

Funding Needs

Support of READ Center educational programs and initiatives. The READ Center provides classes at no cost to our students. The full cost to provide one class of students is about $27,336.As an educational program, our tools are great teachers and tutors. The cost of a part-time teacher is $6,120 per year. The cost to train a tutor is about $300.The READ Center Transportation and Field Trip Fund was started this year to help support the cost of providing field trip experiences to READ students. This year students visited PBS for a poetry reading, attended the Museum of Fine Arts and the Virginia Science Museum. Donations of any size are welcome to the fund so we can continue provide students with new opportunities to learn and use their literacy skills.Volunteer Tutors - The READ Center tutors provide a wonderful and much needed donation of time and skills. Tutors work with students throughout the Richmond metro area and Petersburg to help support their learning and skills. Volunteer applications can be submitted through our website at any time. Tutor training will be held in July and September 2016.

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READING AND EDUCATION FOR ADULT DEVELOPMENT INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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The READ Center

Leadership

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Executive Director

Ms. Karen S. La Forge

BIO

Prior to joining The READ Center, Karen was Executive Director for the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. She worked for AITC for about 18 years first serving as the Development Director and then as Executive Director. Karen has a business degreee from James Madison University. She also holds a certificates in nonprofit fundraising and development and marketing from the University of Richmond.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"It is a great honor and responsibility to be a part of the important and rewarding work of helping adults with low literacy skills achieve valuable, and often life-changing, reading goals. I am privileged to work with a very dedicated Board of Directors, an amazing group of educational professionals, a cadre of trained and committed volunteer tutors, and so many determined adult-learners who amaze and inspire us each and every day. The READ Center has been committed to working with adults with low-level literacy for over 32 years. There is no charge for our services. Originally developed as a one-to-one tutoring program, READ has continued to grow and change its methods over time to keep pace with field of Adult Literacy. Classroom instruction was added and frequency of student participation was increased. There are many stories of trials and triumphs from our students, we also hear moving and instructive stories from tutors of unexpected rewards and incredible personal benefits derived from helping an adult learner become a more active participant in the reading-writing world. Your support of our mission is vital, whether it's through volunteering to tutor students, making a financial contribution to help provide training and instructional materials, or by referring students who may benefit from READ Center services. There's a place for everyone at The READ Center as we continue eradicating illiteracy and helping to write new and compelling stories. Karen La Forge, Executive Director"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Sam Baronian

Cherry, Seymour & Baronian, P.C.

Term: July 2016 - June 2017

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