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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.   

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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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Photo Credit: Heartland Health Centers//IG @hhcfromtheheart

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LIT DONATIONS

For August, we've donated over 1000 books to schools and organizations across the country:

Gale Community Academy; Advocate Children's Health Hospital; Heartland Health Centers; Chicago Family Health Center; Academic Coach LLC; Erie Family Health Center; Family Promise Chicago North Shore; Riverside Healthcare; Detroit Public School - STEM Program; The Center at Joliet Junior College; Lincoln Elementary School; HealthLinc, Inc.; James Madison Elementary School; Logan Scheetz (Free Curbside Library); City of Evanston Back to School Event

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!

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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