What are Book Clubs?

Volunteers in Book Clubs meet with groups of two or three students during their half-hour lunchtime to talk, eat, and read a book together.  Book Clubs help many kids catch up with their reading level, greatly increasing their chances of making it to high school graduation and out of poverty!  This consistent support lets the kids, families and schools know that we as a church care about them, as well as giving kids encouraging and loving role models when they may have none.  You are part of this growing movement of people in our city who are investing in the lives of the next generation to see kids, their families, and our city transformed!  

Want to become a Book Club mentor? Let us know by filling out this form HERE

Why Book Clubs?

  We can be bombarded with so much going on in the world that we sometimes fail to notice the need right in our own communities. So many kids in our city are struggling to read, a huge determining factor of success in school and development of the tools to become responsible citizens. The Faith-based Community has an amazing opportunity to step in and meet this need at the age when students need it most, giving families the tools they need to help set them free from cycles of generational poverty!


Establishing the Need: Statistics of At-Risk Children

Did you know...

- If a child can’t read proficiently AND is poor, that child is 8 times less likely to graduate than their classmates.

- A dropout is 8 times more likely to be incarcerated than a person with a high school diploma.

- Dropouts are less likely to find employment, and if they do, they earn about half as much as high school graduates  

The Solution: How Mentoring Affects children

A positive, caring adult relationship helps give a child a chance at a productive life.

A mentor’s role in a child’s life can give children not only crucial academic support, but also the social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school. We have seen the effects of mentoring, and research also indicates that mentoring leads to some of the following positive outcomes:

- Better attitudes about school

- Higher College enrollment rates and higher educational aspirations

- Enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence

- Improved behavior at home and school & decreased discipline referrals

- Stronger relationships with parents, teachers, and peers

- Decreased likelihood of dropping out of school

- Increased GPAs

- Improved Attendance rates

Our Model: Book Clubs

To address this need, we have developed a model that is simple, easy, and powerful: Book Clubs.  Book Clubs are groups of 1-3 students who meet with a mentor weekly to talk and practice reading a fun book together.  This model combines much-needed reading practice with the benefits of mentoring relationships, to help kids succeed in school, make it to high school graduation, and so much more!

Another church's Book Club Results

- 90% of kids in our Book Clubs make progress in their reading levels

- Students in Book Club average one grade level improvement in reading per year (0.8 AR score increase in 7 months), and some students increase 2 or even 3 grade levels in one year!

- Students love meeting in Book Clubs- every year we have many more students who ask if they can get a Book Club mentor, too!

- Students have encouraging, consistent, loving role models in their lives, something that many of them desperately need


Other Resources

- Dr. Ben Carson- Reading Success Story (short version): http://youtu.be/9haZDohtYbc

- Dr. Ben Carson- Reading Success Story (long version) http://youtu.be/REEd4P_w6es

- Weekly Average Hours and/or Minutes Spent on Various Activities by American Children:  http://www.nea.gov/research/toread.pdf  (see page 40)

- Study shows strong link between third-grade reading skills and completing high school: http://www.aecf.org/Newsroom/NewsReleases/HTML/2011Releases/DoubleJeopardy.aspx

- Reading Proficiency in Early Grades Key to Closing Achievement Gap: http://www.aecf.org/Newsroom/NewsReleases/HTML/2013/ReadingProficiencyKey.aspx

- Book Clubs video: https://vimeo.com/87299710

Want to become a Book Club mentor? Let us know by filling out this form HERE