Young City Reads
Poor reading skills are linked to economic disadvantage and reduced life chances.
Young City Reads brings the joy of reading into the lives of children, giving particular support to young people who are quite drastically marginalised by circumstance or background. We offer them creative and cultural opportunities as well as improving their literacy skills.
Our work improves not just reading ability, but confidence, self-esteem, social integration and learning. It also increases long-term employment prospects by enhancing skills.
Carden Primary School became involved in Young City Reads two years ago. The children and teachers have benefitted enormously from working collaboratively on a shared book and have fully participated in all the activities set and thoroughly enjoyed attending the author event at the end of the project. Three years ago, Carden's reading results at KS2 were well below national average and children noted that they did not particularly enjoy books or reading. Our reading scores in the last two years have risen to well above national averages and even though we are a school with a high level of deprivation and vulnerable learners, we sit within the top 10% of schools in the country for progress in reading. This is in no small part due to our participation in the Young City Reads project. Helen Longton-Howorth Head Teacher, Carden Primary
Young City Reads is a robust model and an example of a partnership framework where the outcomes are greater than the sum of the parts, with Young City Reads acting as a creative catalyst to create a high quality artistic experience for children. This is supported by schools, libraries and partners using their unique skills and relationships. With an emphasis on inclusion, no child feels left out whatever their reading skill or access needs. I am a great advocate of this scheme! Ann Sarrag Head of Childrens Reading - The Reading Agency
I was privileged to join over 1,400 school children for the Young City Reads 2019 project finale at Brighton Festival, to see the inspirational author Onjali Q. Raúf live on stage for this special celebration of her award winning book: The Boy at the Back of the Class. It was very emotional to see so many year 4 and 5 children engaged, listening and then cheering for Onjali. What a fabulous celebration of reading in our city. Jo Lyons - Assistant Director for Families, Children and Learning in Brighton and Hove City Council.
What could your donation do to help?
£6 Could buy a book for a child or a ticket to an author event
£25 Could provide materials for an illustration workshop for a class in a disadvantaged area
£50 Could support one of our volunteers to undertake Read Aloud training
£80 Could further our important projects helping children with their reading
£180 could pay for a whole set of books for a class in a disadvantaged area
£250 Could pay for an author/illustrator visit to a school in a disadvantaged area
£500 Could pay for travel for a whole year group from a school in a disadvantaged area to a live author event