15% of Philadelphia’s 4th graders read proficiently; studies indicate that children who do not read proficiently by 3rd grade endure long term consequences: they are more likely to become a teen parent, drop out of school, end up in prison, or suffer from persistent health problems. For youth growing up in poverty, this risk is multiplied. Unfortunately, due to a lack of resources and funding, many youth attending Philadelphia’s schools are not taught to read a way that is conducive to their learning style and needs.
We at Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia know that we can and must make a differences in the lives of the children we serve. This summer we unveiled a city wide literacy initiative designed to engage over 1500 youth annually in a multi-sensory approach to literacy education. At each Club, staff will be in communication with local schools to identify which students need our services and to collaborate to improve the literacy skills of participating youth. Each Literacy Center will be staffed by a full time literacy supervisor, certified in the Slingerland method of instruction
The Slingerland Approach
The multi-sensory Slingerland Approach starts with the smallest unit of sight, sound, and feel— a single letter. Expanding upon the single unit, students learning is reinforced through inter-sensory associations involving auditory, visual and movement stimulus. Often, youth struggling to read, experience a disconnection between their auditory, visual and kinesthetic learning functions. The Slingerland approach works to connect these modalities in a systematic and explicit way.
Research and Evaluation
We are in the process of establishing a partnership with a local university in order to understand and evaluate the impact of our Call to Action Literacy Initiative. The goal of this partnership is to help us understand the potential of using the Slingerland approach to literacy in an out of school setting and to establish a model for integration of in and out of school instruction.
Literacy Initiative Supporters:
Featured Literacy Supporter:
Additional Literacy Supporters
Allen Hillies Fund
Amelia Miles Foundation
Elmer Roe Deaver Foundation
Henry E. Niles Foundation
Hoxie Harrison Smith Foundation
Kinder Morgan Foundation
Lincoln Financial Foundation
The Sunoco Foundation
TD Bank Charitable Foundation
Additional Literacy Information
For more information on our Call to Action Literacy Initiative please contact 215-735-8818 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.