LitWorld works intensively with trusted partner organizations. Our partners are grassroots friends, local leaders who believe in work on the ground and who know their communities well. They are tirelessly making long-term investments in their people, often working anonymously to do heroic work. LitWorld is proud of these partnerships. We have carefully selected our partners, who share our core values of honoring the dignity of children and young adults, and who manifest it through the work they do. The following sites serve as partners with us to innovate new ideas for literacy education and to spread the message of the power of stories and learning through a holistic approach to education.
Since 1983, Broadway Housing Communities has pioneered innovations in the field of supportive housing, refining their model and paving the way for replication on a city-wide and national scale. Widely respected for the integrity of their approach and the quality of their programs, they are nationally recognized for providing humane, cost-effective permanent housing for low-income and homeless populations. Broadway Housing’s supportive housing is distinctive for its integration of the healthy and disabled, the young and elderly, the employed and dependent. Their tenants include those with mental disabilities, HIV/Aids and other chronic health conditions, and many who are in recovery from addiction. Their success in housing an integrated population depends on creating a community where each individual receives the support and assistance they need to live independent stable lives. Broadway Housing Communities partners with LitWorld to run an Innovation Hub in Harlem including LitClubs, LitCamps, youth leadership development, and World Read Aloud Day and Stand Up for Girls participation. Learn more at broadwayhousing.org.
The Children of Kibera Foundation envisions a bright future for the youth of Kibera. Children of Kibera aims to expand access to quality education for underprivileged children by offering scholarships to prestigious boarding schools, providing additional resources to under funded schools, and developing computer education for schools and the local community. Children of Kibera believes that a good education can empower the children of Kibera to overcome extreme poverty, disease, and social alienation. Children of Kibera welcomes organizations and individuals to join this mission to educate the future of Kenya. The Children of Kibera Foundation partners with LitWorld to run an Innovation Hub in Kibera including LitClubs, LitCamps, advanced leadership training, and World Read Aloud Day and Stand Up for Girls participation. Learn more at childrenofkibera.org.
The Children's Village mission is to work in partnership with families to help society's most vulnerable children so that they become educationally proficient, economically productive, and socially responsible members of their communities. Behind this mission lie three core beliefs: First, all children and youth need connections to adults, preferably family members, who believe in them and will remain connected throughout their lives. Second, education, appropriate social behavior, and job skills are essential to functioning independently in society. And third, everyone has strengths and the desire to make his or her life happy and fulfilling; with support and the tools to overcome obstacles, most can and will succeed. The Children's Village partners with LitWorld to run LitClubs for girls, boys, mothers, and intergenerationally, and participate in World Read Aloud Day and Stand Up for Girls in Harlem, NY, Bronx, NY, and Dobbs Ferry, NY. Learn more at childrensvillage.org.
The Millennium Cities Initiative (MCI), a project of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, was founded by Earth Institute Director Jeffrey D. Sachs as an outgrowth of the national-level policy work carried out by the United Nations Millennium Project. MCI's core mission is to help underserved cities across sub-Saharan Africa complete an urban transformation - one essential to attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - thereby helping to make severe urban poverty a thing of the past. MCI helps selected, under-resourced urban centers become viable, sustainable "Millennium Cities" - each with distinct livelihood opportunities, improved access to public services and links with the countryside and international markets. MCI accomplishes this through a combination of research and policy analysis and by working with local, domestic, and international partners to stimulate economic and social development. The Millennium Cities Initiative partners with LitWorld to run LitClubs for girls and participate in World Read Aloud Day and Stand Up for Girls in Kisumu, Kenya and Kumasi, Ghana. Learn more at mci.ei.columbia.edu.
Project PEARLS is an international non-profit organization helping the poorest of the poor children in the Philippines to have a better life through our various outreach programs (Education, Health and Nutrition). Project PEARLS works to give these children: Peace, Education, Aspiration, Respect, Love, Smiles. Project PEARLS is not a fancy outreach ministry; it is nothing large or grandiose; it doesn't compete or seek for glory. Project PEARLS simply wants to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and hold the hands of those who hurt. The Project PEARLS vision is to end child poverty, as poverty denies children their rights to health, nutrition and a basic education. Project PEARLS partners with LitWorld to run LitClubs for girls and mothers and participate in World Read Aloud Day and Stand Up for Girls in Manila, Philippines. Learn more at projectpearls.org.
Fondation TOYA is a social non-profit, apolitical and non-denominational, born of a desire to coach socioeducational, socioeconomic and sociocultural girls and women. Fondation TOYA proposes to work on integrating Haitian women into economic policy, promotion and development of women's leadership, and strengthening basic education and rights of women. Fondation TOYA intervenes through initiatives that address gender and culture, entrepreneurship and leadership, rights of women and reproductive health and HIV / AIDS, through non-formal education, research and advocacy. Fondation TOYA partners with LitWorld to run LitClubs for girls and participate in World Read Aloud Day and Stand Up for Girls in Haiti. Learn more at fondationtoya.org.
Booksource has been a family-owned company since their founding in 1974, consistently cultivating a corporate culture that places a strong emphasis on caring and respect for their extended family, employees, customers and partners. Booksource provides the education market with the largest selection of new and classic titles and classroom collections. They currently have over 30,000 titles in their catalog representing more than 150 publishers, and their staff has the expertise to ensure that their customers get the right books based on their needs. Booksource has the books students want to read, and the books educators want their students to read. Booksource partners with LitWorld to make book puchases affordable, to donate books for special programs, and to support World Read Aloud Day as a Corporate Sponsor and Stand Up for Girls as a participanting organization. Learn more at booksource.com.
The Children's Book Council (CBC) is the national nonprofit trade association for children's trade book publishers. The CBC offers children's publishers the opportunity to work together on issues of importance to the industry at large, including educational programming, literacy advocacy, and collaborations with other national organizations. CBC members span the spectrum from large international houses to smaller independent presses. The Children's Book Council sponsors Children's Book Week, a celebration of books and reading since 1919 and the nation's longest-running literacy initiative. The Children's Book Council partners with LitWorld to bring great authors and other members of the children's book industry on board with World Read Aloud Day, Stand Up for Girls, and other campaigns. Learn more at cbcbooks.org..
Founded in 1958, Jackson Lewis , dedicated to representing management exclusively in workplace law, is one of the fastest growing workplace law firms in the US, with over 700 attorneys practicing in 49 locations nationwide. Jackson Lewis has a wide-range of specialized practice areas, and in addition, provides advice nationally in other workplace law areas. For the 11th consecutive year, Jackson Lewis has been recognized for delivering client service excellence to the world’s largest corporations, once again earning a spot on the BTI Client Service A-Team. Jackson Lewis has also been recognized by in-house counsel in a comprehensive survey by BTI Consulting Group as both a “Powerhouse” and “Standout” in employment litigation. In addition, Jackson Lewis is ranked in the First Tier nationally in the category of Labor and Employment Litigation, as well as in both Employment Law and Labor Law on behalf of Management in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers ® “Best Law Firms,” and is recognized by Chambers and Legal 500. As an “AmLaw 100” firm, Jackson Lewis has one of the most active employment litigation practices in the United States. And finally, Jackson Lewis is a charter member of L & E Global Employers’ Counsel Worldwide, an alliance currently of 14 workplace law firms in 14 countries. Jackson Lewis partners with LitWorld to sponsor Stand Up for Girls and participate in advocacy events year-round. Learn more at jacksonlewis.com.
NextThought is an ambitious upstart springing from the soil of Oklahoma’s Silicon Prairie. NextThought is building a platform to change the way people experience education. The NextThough platform is more than a suite of discrete, bolted-together functions, it uses an integrated approach: Connect learners with quality content, a social community, and an environment that encourages and enhances collaboration, all in one place. The NextThought team is made up of committed “technicators” — people working together on technology that empowers educators. NextThought partners with LitWorld to develop and run the LitPower Platform, an interactive version of LitWorld's curriculum and leadership development modules. Learn more at nextthought.com.
One Moore Book publishes culturally sensitive and educational stories for children of countries with low literacy rates and underrepresented cultures. They provide literature for children whose narratives are largely missing from the children’s book publishing industry. The books also serve as a key to unknown people and places for all children who do not have access to cultures outside of their own. One Moore Book partners with LitWorld to provide books to select LitClubs. Learn more at onemoorebook.com.
The Pearson Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that aims to make a difference by promoting literacy, learning, and great teaching. The Pearson Foundation does this by collaborating with leading businesses, nonprofits, and education experts to share good practice, foster innovation, and find workable solutions to the educational disadvantages facing young people and adults across the globe. The Pearson Foundation believes in making an important difference by focusing their efforts, resources, and alliances on the key approaches inside and outside the classroom that can most shape a child’s success. The Pearson Foundation focuses on literacy, great learning, and great teaching. The Pearson Foundation partners with LitWorld to sponsor LitWorld campaigns and programs. Learn more at pearsonfoundation.org.
Scholastic is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology and children's media. Scholastic's products and materials including children's books, magazines, technology, teacher materials, television programming, film, videos and toys are distributed through schools, school-based book clubs and book fairs, libraries, retail stores, television networks and scholastic.com. Scholastic supports every child’s right to read and encourages everyone to join the global literacy campaign, Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life. Pam Allyn is a Global Ambassador for the Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life. campaign, a spokesperson for the Scholastic Summer Challenge, and a Scholastic author. Scholastic partners with LitWorld to promote World Read Aloud Day and bring Clifford to signature events, to donate books for special programs, and to sponsor LitWorld events and programs. Learn more at scholastic.com.
A Thread of Blue card company was founded in 2011 to recognize rites of passage, special occasions and milestones in a contemporary style. A Thread of Blue gets its name and mission from the Jewish concept of a thread of blue running through the tzitzit (fringes) of a tallis (prayer shawl), symbolizing equality. A Tallis envelops us in ritual while the color blue links us to the limitless sky and our spirituality. A Thread of Blue is committed to donating 5% of their profits to support food banks in Connecticut. They are also committed to supporting schools, charitable organizations and religious institutions. A Thread of Blue partners with LitWorld to fundraise for LitWorld programs. Learn more at athreadofblue.com.
Vibal Publishing House, Inc, the Philippines' leading provider of educational tools and resources for basic education, bridges the gap between traditional print and digital content, harnessing technology to transform the way teachers teach and the way students learn. Vibal Publishing believes that every student is unique and that every teacher has different needs. Its products and services are crafted to tailor-fit the divergent needs of teachers and students, helping provide today's generation with the competitive edge with which to realize their full potential and achieve their goals. While printed textbook publishing remains the bedrock of its operations, Vibal Publishing believes that technology-aided education contributes to more effective teaching and learning. It also believes that the key to reach today's self-directed learner is through accessibility and engagement. Vibal Publishing House partners with LitWorld to spread LitClubs in the Philippines. Learn more at vibalpublishing.com.