Eight Easy Ways to Give Back and Help Memphis Kids Read More

After COVID school closures came and went, test scores showed that Memphis literacy rates had fallen significantly. As of today, one in ten school-age children in Memphis are reading on grade level. Is that a scary statistic? Sure. Will Memphians take it sitting down? No way.

If you’re ready to get involved in giving this holiday season, here are some sure-fire ways to support school-age kids and raise strong readers. Choose a movement and make a difference!

A young girl holding up a book from the "Eight Easy Ways to Give Back" initiative.

Give One Gift, Support 10 Nonprofits that are Building Literacy in Memphis

Want to grow literacy and spread love to a dream team of Memphis-based educational orgs? Check out the city-changing work at Give901 where gifts support 10 amazing nonprofits AND fund special projects like Grizz Prep Reads where every student will receive a book THEY CHOSE for their holiday reading!

Donate to Give901 and make an enormous difference across the city of Memphis.

Support After School Excellence at Streets Ministries

A $10 gift can help provide transportation to bring a child from school to this amazing after-school program where hundreds of kids find a safe space, a mentor, an after school snack, and fun with friends.

Pave the way for kids at Streets Ministries today.

Double Your Gift and Change the Game with Sports and Literacy at MAM

MAM brings literacy, sports, and more to kids who gather at six MAM centers across the city. And now, an anonymous donor is matching up to $100,000 in new and increased donations until December 31st.

Get your gift matched now!

Two women in graduation gowns standing in front of balloons, promoting efforts to help Memphis kids read more.

Keep the College Acceptance Letters Coming for Soulsville Charter School Graduates

Since 2012—thanks to the exceptional education that’s being administered out of Soulsville Charter School—every senior enrolled in the school has been accepted to college with more than $90 million in scholarship and grant offers collectively. Help them keep that trend moving upward.

Donate to Soulsville today!

Read with Kids—or Support Those Who Do—with ARISE2Read

Research shows that children living in poverty who read proficiently by the end of the third grade have an 89% graduation rate! Reading is the key, and reading one on one with an adult can dramatically increase reading levels. You can be that adult. 

Give or volunteer today!

Provide school books and supplies for a Compass Community School Student

Compass Community Schools serve students in under-resourced communities across the city: from Orange Mound to Frayser, from Hickory Hill to Midtown. You can be a part of their literacy journey. 

Invest in these students now.

Musical Literacy Supports Learning in All Subjects: Memphis Music Initiative

Shop with AmazonSmile and they will donate .5% of the price for your purchases to Memphis Music Initiative.

Support Literacy in Memphis and Around the World with Black History Programming at Stax

In February 2022, the Soulsville Foundation’s Stax Music Academy and Stax Museum of American Soul Music will release original virtual productions that offer two distinct but complementary celebrations of Black American music and its impact on the arc of American culture. 

YOU can be a part of this. Help youth all over the world experience the evolution and magnetism of American Soul Music.

Help Su Casa Ministries Alleviate Language Barriers

As a donor or volunteer, you can play a part in supporting Su Casa Ministries’ mission to aid the local Latinx immigrant community through hands-on instruction for Adults and preschool students.

Help Su Casa today!

A woman in a mask is teaching children in a classroom to help Memphis kids read more.
Photo: Su Casa Ministries

There are many more ways to give back to Memphis!

Join Volunteer Odyssey’s “ThanksgivingBack” Challenge to take advantage of accessible volunteer opportunities that take place every week in November.

Learn about Collegiate Memphis, the local high school that puts the power of reading into the hands of scholars, and help them keep it going.

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