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 Change Lives Through Literacy


Our Vision: To Eradicate the illiteracy epidemic in NYC and the Biblical illiteracy that plagues the next generation.

Urban Hope Literacy Collective

We find it unbearable that a child's fate could be decided in 2nd grade. The statistics are clear and tragic. If a child is not reading at grade level by 3rd grade, it is extremely difficult to escape the trajectory towards criminality and/or poverty. 85% of the juvenile offenders of our city are illiterate. Literacy mentoring from K-2nd grade can stop this downward spiral.

We choose to take a stand against

the illiteracy epidemic. 

Children Reading the Holy Bible

We are Changing Lives

We have over 60 volunteers from 21 churches that serve (K) Kindergarten through to 2nd graders in four of the most under-resourced schools in Staten Island. 


Students who engaged in our literacy initiative have advanced an average of 3.4 reading levels and are all reading at grade level! 

That means they were failing in Literacy and now they are exceeding. WOW!

Well over 300 students, in five elementary schools, have jumped the 3rd grade literacy hurdle and experienced a life-changing infusion of love and mentoring.

Many local principals are asking us to bring the program to their elementary school.  Help us to see this dream come true. Seeing churches, schools and concerned citizens standing together is truly awe-inspiring.

 We are certain that with strong funding we can end the low-literacy epidemic on Staten Island’s North Shore, and scale our simple model throughout NYC and other cities facing the similar challenges.

But only with YOUR help can we!

What our kids, volunteers, and
teachers are saying

Outdoor Class

Josiah, 2nd Grade,

P.S. 18

It's always fun! I learn something new every time I read with my volunteer

Jayne, P.S. 18

My student looks forward to our time together and his reading level and comprehension have greatly improved. It's a joy for me to participate in helping enrich these children's lives.

Andres, 2nd Grade,

P.S. 18

The Volunteers help me become a better reader. They make me sound out new words.

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77 Alaska Street

Staten Island, New York 10310


P: 929.605.7547
E: chad.mcvann@gmail.com

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