Bring Me A Book's mission is to strengthen the language and literacy skills of underserved children.
Bring Me A Book is busy incubating new partners to create even greater opportunities for book access! We have activated a partner affiliate network that will continue our direct service programming and partnerships with schools and community partners throughout the Bay Area, in Los Angeles, St. Louis, Florida and Hong Kong!
2014 brought an exciting opportunity for expansion. We were honored to win the Google Bay Area Impact Challenge, where many of you, and over 200,000 people voted for our Digital4Literacy program, which supports families reading together by leveraging technology and digital content.
The Google grant and the Digital4Literacy program catalyzed an occasion for us to assess how we can be successful with early learning programs embracing technology, while also honoring the founding intention of Bring Me A Book--to deliver an abundance of books to children and families in need.
Here is how we are embarking on this journey of growth and change:
Kerry Enright, Interim Executive Director of Bring Me A Book Foundation, is leading us through the transition, the launch of affiliates, and, with the BMABF Board of Directors, will continue to support and develop the on-going work of Bring Me A Book into the future. We are focused on efforts to incubate new programs for book access and we will activate a partner affiliate network that will continue our direct service programming and grow our partnerships with schools and community partners.
In the San Francisco Bay Area, we have launched Literacy Lab as an affiliate partner of Bring Me A Book. Mialisa Bonta, former BMAB Executive Director will be leading Literacy Lab, whose mission is to create connected and interactive early learning environments for under-resourced children, by deploying books, digital content, and blended learning solutions for early learners, their caregivers and educators. In the Bay Area, Literacy Lab will take on continued delivery of the Bookcase Library, First Teacher Workshop, and Take Home Books Programs, as well as expand the Digital4Literacy Initiative through the Google Bay Area Impact Challenge.
Other current partners and affiliates:
Bring Me A Book, Los Angeles County/Southern California is led by Dale Petrulis and her amazing team, are busy implementing an initiative focused on communities where the elementary schools are not meeting their current grade level benchmarks.
Bring Me A Book St. Louis: a timely and critical response to help bring a community together, under the leadership of our St. Louis Director, Joseph Goldkamp, will commence programming in January 2015.
Michaelin and Dave Watts lead the way in Franklin County, Florida, continuing years of successful book distribution.
Pia Wong heads our efforts in Hong Kong -- and will meet us in NY for our Regional Directors meeting in January, 2015!