Mission: To increase children’s success in school and life through one-to-one reading and mentoring experiences with caring volunteers.

Website: https://everybodywinsiowa.org/

Everybody Wins! Iowa is a literacy and mentoring non-profit organization in Des Moines that increases children’s opportunities for success in school through reading and mentoring experiences with caring volunteers.

This organization complements the education students receive in the classroom by providing a safe setting to practice their reading skills and grow their confidence outside of the classroom each week. A crucial component of Power Read is encouraging students to become avid readers outside of the classroom. Statistics show how important it is for children to have their own books at home, and for that reason, our program provides each student with 6 new books of their own. Everybody Wins! simple equation—one mentor, one child, one book at a time—produces powerful results.

Traditionally, the program was held using an in-person format. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program was moved to an online format. As school partners prepare to lead students into the next academic year, we are keenly aware that our program will be more critically needed than ever as educators grapple with the crippling effects that the pandemic has had on their students’ reading growth.

The Principal Charity Classic Birdies For Charity matching funds help cover program costs which includes volunteer orientation and training, program materials and books, including program book carts as well as giveaway books for children to take home and build their home library.

To learn more about Everybody Wins! Iowa, visit https://everybodywinsiowa.org/.