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Changing the Narrative

Young, Black & Lit is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to increasing access to children's books that center, reflect, and affirm Black children.  Young, Black & Lit's programming focuses on providing free new books to youth in pre-K through 8th grades.   

32,861

Books Distributed Since May 2018

DID YOU KNOW? 

Studies have shown: 

The most successful way to improve the reading achievement of low-income children is to increase their access to print.

61%

of low-income homes have no books in their homes for their children. 

Children's book distribution and ownership programs have positive behavioral, educational, and psychological outcomes.

10%

of children's books published in 2018 depicted African/African-American characters.

It is important for children to have access to books that serve as mirrors - reflecting their own culture - and books that serve as windows - allowing views into someone else's experiences.

CNN SPOTLIGHT

Check out this feature on Young, Black & Lit which aired on CNN!

 

You can view the full article here.

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MONTHLY

LIT DONATIONS

For the month of January, YBL donated a total of 950 books to 13 schools and organizations across the country, including Dewey Elementary School; Garfield Behavioral Health Hospital; SAL Community & Family Services; Joseph Warren Elementary School; Mackenzie Elementary School; Beech Creek Ministries; Breakthrough Beginners; Educare of Chicago; West St. John Elementary Head Start; National Teacher's Academy; Janae A. Neil Elementary School; Academy of Warren; Oaklawn Bluestone Clinic.

 

If you are an organization or school serving low-income youth and are in need of new children's books, sign-up for a donation below!

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LIT PARTNERS

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Young, Black & Lit is thrilled to partner with the Steans Family Foundation to provide over 40 mini library sets to 5 childcare centers in the North Lawndale community on Chicago's west side.

To learn more about the Steans Family Foundation, click here.

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Young, Black & Lit is also thrilled to partner with Reach Out & Read Illinois to provide 275 books to doctor's offices at Friend Family Health.

To learn more about Reach Out & Read Illinois, click here.

To partner with Young, Black & Lit, please email us at info@youngblackandlit.org.

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