literacyReading is the most important skill for students to develop as it sets the foundation for their entire academic careers. Our literacy initiative, DUVAL READS, provides intensive one-on-one and small group literacy tutoring for students in elementary school. Our goal is to increase each student’s reading proficiency by at least 10% during the school year. Our tutors work in the schools on a full-time and part-time basis with their assigned students.

Major funding for Duval Reads is provided through Volunteer Florida from the Corporation for National and Community Service. Significant matching funds are provided locally by The Coach Foundation, The Lucy Gooding Charitable Foundation Trust, Duval County Public Schools, The Player Champions Red Coats Committee, Publix Super Market Charities, BAE Systems, Nordstrom Cares, BBVA Compass, The Chartrand Advised Fund and the Edna Sproull Williams Foundation.

Duval Reads has been working in Duval County Public Schools since 1999 and has helped more than 7,500 students achieve their reading goals.

“When I used to have trouble reading, it was boring, frustrating and aggravating. My Americorps tutor helped me understand the words and their meanings. Now, I want to be a writer or an editor when I grow up.”

— Paris, 10 —