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Why Traveling Stories?2018-09-07T20:27:37+00:00

SO YOU’RE WONDERING WHY WE’RE HERE….

WE’RE GLAD YOU ASKED!

Founded in 2010, Traveling Stories wanted to provide a program for at-risk kids that would not only help them learn to read, but also help them fall in love with reading. In 2011, Traveling Stories created the StoryTent: a mobile literacy program that would provide one-on-one reading support and motivational incentives to kids. For every book read, kids earn a Book Buck, which can be redeemed for prizes. This keeps the kids excited and motivated to learn, as well as teaches them money management skills.

We serve kids between the ages of 2 and 12 years old.  From birth until 3rd grade, kids are learning to read, but from 4th grade on, kids 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 currently serve over 3,000 local kids a year by our weekly programs in El Cajon, City Heights, Imperial Beach, Vista and La Mesa.

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. Volunteers are an integral part of our mission; without them, the kids wouldn’t be able to actually practice and improve their reading skills. Not only is our mission to bridge poverty gaps through the means of literacy, but also to build up community through serving those around us in need.

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