Strategic Focus Area: Literacy
There is no such thing as a child who hates to read;
there are only children who have not found the right book.
~ Frank Serafini
Wells International Foundation could not have more passion for the subject of literacy!
Our founder, Dr. Monique Y. Wells, is a veterinarian and a world traveler because of books that she read before the age of eight. She is living proof of the power of reading to open a child’s mind to the infinite possibilities available in this world.
Through our Literacy SFA, WIF focuses on early readers (Kindergarten and Grade 1) and early transitional readers (children who are transitioning from reading picture books and simple texts to becoming self-regulating, independent readers of more difficult texts – Grades 2-3) who are of African descent.
We focus on the provision of opportunities for these students to:
- Learn to love reading
- Find role models in books that “look like them” with regard to race and gender
- Be exposed to topics that can inspire an interest in travel and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics).
Empowering Young Houstonians to Read
WIF is engaged in conversations with several organizations and institutions in Dr. Wells’ hometown of Houston, TX with the intent to initiate partnerships for literacy programs beginning in January 2017.
We will provide materials that expose youngsters to topics pertaining to STEAM and to travel abroad. We will ensure that students can “see themselves” in the books they read so they can find confidence in and validation of their identities – so they can get a sense of who they are and who they can become.
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