For more than 26 years, the Junior League of Douglas County has been the driving force behind the kinds of initiatives and institutions that make our community a healthier, more vital place to live. Each year, volunteers focus their support on a variety of community projects that focus on women and children. Last year alone, our trained volunteers collectively donated more than 2,000 hours of direct community service in Douglas County and donated over 800 books.
For the last two years our primary focus has been on literacy. Here are a few reasons why the Junior League of Douglas County is passionate about literacy.
- Reading skill is the single greatest predictor of future academic success. (National Assessment of Education Progress)
- 40% of America’s children have difficulty learning to read. (National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, 1998)
- One for every four children grows up not learning how to read. (National Assessment of Adult Literacy).
- People in the US who are illiterate represent 75% of the unemployed; a third of mothers receiving Aid to Families with Dependent Children; 85% of juveniles who appear in court and 60% of prison inmates. (Straight Talk About Reading, 1998)
- According to NCES2, only 53 percent of children between the ages of three and five were read to daily by a family member (1999). Children in families with incomes below the poverty line are less likely to be read to aloud everyday than are children in families with incomes at or above poverty