RBBB Program Stats as of Fall 2019

  • 41 Program Sites
  • 1,171 Mentorships
  • 3,286 Students
  • 18,059 Books Read
  • 144,472 Sticky Notes

For Parents: Why is my child in Read Better Be Better?

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We are a Nonprofit After-School Reading Comprehension Program

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

Third Grade Reading Level is a Student's Critical Turning Point

What if there was a reliable yet unexpected predictor for a child's future, that could set the course for the rest of their life? Let us introduce you to the very real and very critical third grade turning point, where children with reading difficulties can quickly be left behind.

This is the last year a student learns how to read and next year, they must be able to read to learn entirely on their own. Most students missing key concentration and comprehension skills will falter in later grades. They will struggle with school, develop behavior problems, and drop out early.

Watch this video clip about reading & third grade

Social Innovation to Change Arizona's Future

Read Better Be Better is a program targeted towards breaking the cycles of poverty and social injustice through our curriculum of good reading and good thinking skills. Books and learning hold the key to doing well in grades 4 and above, where students must start reading on their own to learn. It is at this critical juncture that the poor readers turn away from school, or earn barely passing grades until they can drop out. Literacy holds the key, and third grade is the precise moment to change their trajectory.

Why the Read Better Be Better Program is So Effective

We pair middle schoolers with third grade students at risk, creating a supportive learning environment and leadership opportunity.

100% of students showed improved concentration, reading comprehension, and enjoyment of reading after one semester. - RBBB Teacher Evaluations

Our program is highly structured and evidence informed in every aspect.

93% of students rated themselves on the Reader Self-Perception Scale and "agreed" or "strongly agreed" that they read better now. - RBBB Student Evaluations

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Dr. Dave is the Read Better Be Better mascot who reminds our students to Be Excellent. Be Kind.

Our Supporters

"Every day when I go to Read Better Be Better is a good day."
- Damien, third grade student

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What's New at Read Better Be Better?

Part Time Jobs With RBBB

We need site leaders! Current Openings

Katie Herrick writes:

Read Better Be Better Awarded Several Grants to Prevent Reading Regression During COVID-19 Isolation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 19, 2020   PHOENIX, AZ. – A Phoenix-based 501c3, Read Better Be Better (RBBB) was awarded grants from The Alison Lewis & Craig Krumwiede Family Foundation and The Burton Family Foundation through the Arizona COVID-19 Community Response Fund (ACF), as well as grants from the Microsoft DCCD COVID-19 Response Funds Phoenix […]

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Wendy White writes:

Let’s stop distancing ourselves from root causes of systemic failure

Written by Wendy White, originally published on Arizona Capitol Times, May 8 2020 At the center of Read Better Be Better’s (RBBB) after-school literacy program at Title 1 schools is the relationship between the 3rd graders who struggle with reading and their 6th-8th grade mentors who are at-risk either academically or behaviorally. Paired together for 10 weeks […]

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Meet our newest supporting partner:

Third Grade and Literacy, The Facts

On average, Read Better Be Better participating third-grade students score 20% or higher on reading comprehension standardized assessment tests than their nonparticipating peers.

Teachers surveyed with RBBB participating students reported 100% of their students improved in reading comprehension, increased focus, and improved concentration.

Read Better Be Better is the only nonprofit engaging middle school youth leaders to solve Arizona’s literacy crisis.

By empowering middle schoolers in the solution to end our literacy crisis and investing them in the growth of their third-grade student, RBBB is helping to build tomorrow’s community leaders.

Curious or surprised? See our Video Library for more information on third grade and why it's such an important time in a student's life.

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