Literacy is the foundation of understanding anything in life. Being able to decode letters and their sounds is essential to success in life. Many children, especially those who come from economically disadvantaged situations, do not receive adequate instruction in this area. The lack of proper training in the basic fundamentals of reading creates a literacy gap between children of color and their white counterparts, leaving poor children behind as their peers, who have access to an abundance of resources, excel.
The goal of The Literacy Lab, an AmeriCorps program, is to close the literacy gap that affects students in low-income areas.
The students I work with