Traveling Stories Mission
Our mission is to empower kids to outsmart poverty by providing the literacy and money management skills they need to become productive members of society.
We believe that books are a necessity, not a luxury. The ability to read and write is a human right. We are not afraid to look foolish in our effort to outsmart poverty. We believe there is more than one kind of poverty and more than one kind of hunger. It is important to feed a child’s stomach, but we must not forget their mind and imagination.
Through our mobile StoryTent program we teach kids money management skills and help them fall in love with reading by the 4th grade. At the StoryTents, kids pick out books that interest them and read out loud with a volunteer. For every book read they earn a book buck, which can be redeemed for prizes. We currently serve over 3,000 local kids a year by our weekly programs in El Cajon, City Heights and Imperial Beach.
We serve kids ages 2-12 years old as from birth to 3rd grade, kids are learning how to read, and from 4th grade on they are reading to learn. Kids in low-income households who can’t read proficiently by 4th grade are 15 times more likely to drop out of school. Sadly, in the U.S., 82% of disadvantaged kids can’t read at grade level.
We’re seeing success at our programs. 100% of parents surveyed said the StoryTent improved their child’s reading level.
Our goal is to operate 10 weekly programs by the year 2020 and impact at least 500 kids per program per year.
Our team has grown to include 3 full time employees, 1 part time employee, 1 intern and over 300 volunteers.
The Values That Drive Us