When you can read fluently, you begin to see the world differently.

Team Read is changing our students’ lives inside and outside of the classroom. That’s why I’m writing to you today, to ask you to join me in supporting their journey as readers and emerging leaders.

My name is Ibi Idowu. Team Read was my first real job. I began tutoring in 8th grade at Van Asselt Elementary in South Beacon Hill. I will never forget how happy I was to be making $7.63 per hour.

As a teen reading coach, I helped young students build confidence and joy in reading. My student readers came from non-English speaking homes, which made learning to read more challenging. But thanks to the training I received from Team Read, I was able to create a fun and positive environment where emerging readers could thrive. I also developed important life skills like leadership, organization, patience, and understanding.

Team Read gave me the passion to teach. I’m now working as a student teacher at Emerson Elementary while I earn my master’s degree in teaching, and I’m thrilled to return to Team Read as a Site Coordinator this year. I’m also thrilled that almost 40% of Team Read coaches are considering a career in education or teaching!

Team Read strives to deepen and expand our impact locally by helping more children become strong readers and strengthening our work by connecting to teen coaches’ ideas, interests, and dreams for the future. Thanks to our amazing community of supporters, Team Read will bring together nearly 900 young students and dedicated teens for impactful one-on-one tutoring this school year.

Let’s support these powerful pairs! Please join me and make a year-end gift to Team Read. Your donation will help the program continue to grow, ensuring every child has the same opportunities to recognize and achieve their potential.

On behalf of everyone at Team Read, thank you for your continued support. We wish you a fun-filled holiday season and a Happy New Year!

Warm wishes,