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Read Better Be Better

Listing Last Update: September 23, 2019


715 E Montecito Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85014

Primary Contact

Sophie Etchart

(602) 374-8695

Educational services

  • Reading and writing

Instruction Type

  • Classroom

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Program Overview

Read Better Be Better is the only nonprofit organization in Arizona that engages youth leaders to help solve the state's literacy crisis.

Read Better Be Better is an evidence-informed, after-school literacy intervention program proven to improve reading comprehension, confidence, and enjoyment of reading in struggling 3rd grade students.

The program meets twice a week for 90 minutes and focuses on reading comprehension. 8th graders serve as Reading Leaders that guide 3rd grade Reading Learners through the curriculum.

Mission Statement

Values: Be Excellent. Be Kind.

Mission: Read Better Be Better helps children improve literacy skills and become better learners.

Vision: A society in which children master the foundational skills
necessary to become independent learners.

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

"I became more of a leader to my little and even my classmates. My little also improved her comprehension skills…….(I like) the fact that 7th and 8th graders are interacting and helping 3rd graders." Kaylie, Middle School Student, Desert Thunder

"I wanted to start reading chapter books and now I have started to read chapter books!!!" - Jazlynne, 3rd grader, Encanto Elementary School.

"What a dynamic program that makes a difference in so many ways! The student engagement demonstrated and obvious pride on all of the participants was evident. This is on top of growth in reading abilities- impressive!!" Dr. Betsy Hargrove. Superintendent, Avondale ESD

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