About Us

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Read Better Be Better's mission is to connect young readers and youth leaders to inspire a love of literacy and learning.

Read Better Be Better (RBBB) was founded by Sophie Etchart in 2014 in Phoenix as a response to Arizona’s literacy crisis. The state is ranked 44th in the nation for childhood literacy and 48th for PreK-12th education. Currently, 69% of 3rd graders from low-income families in Arizona do not read at grade level and often are unable to make the necessary transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn” by 4th grade.  

Students who do not read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade are four times less likely to graduate from high school. But with proper reading intervention, there is an 89% chance that students who can read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade will graduate from high school, irrespective of socio-economic status.

RBBB’s mission is to connect young readers and youth leaders to inspire a love of literacy and learning. The organization’s after-school and in-person programs serve 2nd – 4th grade Readers who are paired for a semester with middle through high school Leaders who improve their leadership skills while helping their Reader improve their literacy skills. Leaders are provided with ongoing training in implementing reading strategies, leadership, and coaching skills by RBBB Program Coaches. Together the Program Coaches, Leaders, and Readers work to improve concentration, reading comprehension, and the enjoyment of reading. 

Since 2015, RBBB has served nearly 6,000 students and currently provides programming to 67 schools in 10 districts in Maricopa and Pinal counties.  Click here to learn more about our Program Data. Click here to meet the team. Click here to meet the Governing Board. Click here to check out our Video Library. Follow us on social media to stay up-to-date!