The saying goes “The pen is mightier than the sword.” An idea that is written down has tremendous power and in today’s Internet and communications based world, reading is a key skill needed for achieving success in life. Research has consistently demonstrated that reading proficiency is a critical factor in the achievement potential of individuals. However, only 14% of Black eighth graders score at or above the proficient level. Young Black men — across the board — score below their counterparts and other racial and ethnic groups when it comes to graduation and literacy rates. Reading is essential to a child’s success and 100 Black Men George’s County, Inc. seeks to ensure our mentees are proficient readers.
Through our partnership with the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, we embarked on an effort to improve our literacy rates for at-risk youth while fostering in them a passion for reading. Our Boys Read program helps boys (grades 2-6) improve their reading and comprehension skills by allowing them to discuss book themes and takeaways in a group setting. This program helps boys build their reading skills and develop a positive attitude towards reading with their peers and male role models. It is a fun interactive reading program and participants get to meet new friends while reading exciting stories and improving their literacy rates.