The primary focus of NCJW Atlanta is the Atlanta Jewish Coalition for Literacy (AJCL) whose goal is to enhance the Reading Skills, Attitudes & Futures of Atlanta’s Children.
“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free”
- Frederick Douglass
The mission of the Atlanta Jewish Coalition for Literacy is to inspire children in grades K-3 with a love of reading, thereby enriching their lives and opportunities for future success. AJCL is part of the National Jewish Coalition for Literacy which is a nationwide effort committed to helping children become proficient readers by the end of third grade. This program has proven to be successful in more than forty communities throughout the nation.
AJCL recruits, trains, places, and supports volunteer reading tutors in Title 1 public elementary schools throughout metro Atlanta. School liaisons select children who are below grade level in reading skills and would most benefit for the individualized attention and support received by a tutor. In just one half hour per week, reading tutors have a significant positive impact on their students as they talk and read together. Their teachers report improvement in test scores, increase in overall confidence, interest in reading for pleasure, and greater class participation.
AJCL is nondenominational and nonsectarian. AJCL tutors have diverse faiths, educational backgrounds, and experiences. AJCL is operated and funded by the National Council of Jewish Women, Atlanta Section.
Ways You Can Spread the Love of Books:
- Collect new or gently used children’s books to donate to AJCL
- Collect books and monetary donations for buying books and supplies as part of a “FUN-raising” Bar or Bat Mitzvah community project.
- Support the work of AJCL by making a tax-deductible contribution.
- Become an AJCL Reading Tutor. Do you have at least one half hour a week to spare during a school day? We will work to place you in one of our participating schools convenient to you. No prior experience is necessary- we will provide you with training and ongoing support with regular lunch and learn sessions throughout the year.