Reading Works Wins Yelp Contest Grant

Reading Works Wins Yelp Contest Grant
We are excited to share that Reading Works won a $5,000 grant from the Yelp Foundation, thanks to votes from community members in the Yelp Foundation Gives Local grant contest!
Thank you so much to everyone who voted and supported us. This grant will go a long way toward supporting adult literacy […]

PULSE Speaker Craig Boykin Has Been There

PULSE Speaker Craig Boykin Has Been There

By Kristen Barnes-Holiday, Director of Program Outcomes
Nationally-renowned motivational speaker Craig Boykin is coming to Detroit this November to share his inspiring story of how he overcame life’s obstacles and is now pursuing his Ph.D.
Although Craig is a huge success today, he did not have an easy start. Craig is the product of a broken home, […]

Do You Wonder How Reading Works is Funded?

Do You Wonder How Reading Works is Funded?

By Paula Brown, Executive Director of Reading Works
I ask because when introducing Reading Works to prospective supporters, one of their first questions is, “How is Reading Works funded?” I thought perhaps you might have this question a well.
Since Reading Works does not provide direct services to learners, but serves the agencies providing those services, we […]

Workers In Warehouse Preparing Goods For Dispatch

Reading Works Helps Detroiters Launch Careers

By Kevin Lignell, Communications and Development Director
As Detroit evolves into a city of the future, workforce development is becoming one of the hottest topics.
Reading Works Impact Partners have become key contributors to this evolution by working together, helping Detroiters gain the literacy skills they need to participate in current and future jobs.
Despite a surge in […]

Board Member Deb Scola to receive Neal Shine Award

Board Member Deb Scola to receive Neal Shine Award

We congratulate our board member Deb Scola for being awarded the Neal Shine Award for Media Commitment to Philanthropy. The award will be given out at the National Philanthropy Day dinner on November 10th. Here is what Crain’s Business Detroit had to say about her achievement:

Also, Scola is a founding member and director of Reading Works, […]

Bill Haney

The Volunteer Impact

Every literacy volunteer is needed.  Every literacy volunteer can change the course of a life, of a family.  Every new volunteer means one more person is taught to read. 
Reading Works dedicates this newsletter to the volunteers who work with our Impact Partner agencies, as well as those who serve on the Reading Works board and committees.  Alone, […]

Katie Couric Highlights Reading Works

Katie Couric Highlights Reading Works


Creating awareness for adult literacy got a big boost last week from YahooNews with Katie Couric.  The news team contacted Reading Works after Couric was moved by last year’s Free Press story and wanted adult literacy to be included in this feature on Detroit’s Recovery.

The Parkman Branch of the Detroit Public Library (a Reading Works Impact Partner) […]

PULSE: Practitioner-based Updates for Literacy Strategies and Education

Reading Works and the Mort Harris Literacy Program at  Wayne State University partnered for our first  practitioner-focused interactive forum and  workshop, PULSE: Practitioner-based  Updates for Literacy Strategies and  Education.  Internationally recognized  scholar and adult literacy specialist, Dr.  Victoria Purcell-Gates, along with a panel of literacy experts headlined our  event attended by nearly 90 practitioners and administrators.

We hope to see […]

Reading Works Resources

Reading Works can help you find the resources you need to learn to read, or learn to read better.
Programs include tutoring, classroom learning, English as Second Language, GED preparation, and more.
Click on “Impact Partner Agencies” to find out more about the programs and services available.  Located throughout Detroit, Dearborn and Macomb County,  you will find a program […]

Rolanda Watts interview with Executive Director Paula Brown

Rolonda Watts shares news, views, advice, and interviews – as well as motivation, encouragement, and inspiration on different ways to reinvent yourself, try something new from the bedroom to the boardroom, and add more passion to your life, career, relationships, and business.
Source: Behind the News with Burt Dubrow and Jane Velez-Mitchell