Dedicated to Promoting Literacy
We are a teen led organization that donates books to kids in underserved communities.
Bookworm Global is based in Los Angeles where homeless and literacy rates are shocking. Our early efforts focused on getting books to homeless children but expanded during the pandemic. School districts in California and elsewhere shifted online and remain closed. Millions of students, especially those in low-income communities, are experiencing devasting losses in educational competency. Research shows that the presence of age-appropriate books in the home improves literacy and educational outcomes.
Literacy and education equity are especially relevant during the pandemic when school closures and statewide shelter-in-place orders limit students' access to books. Our vision is to provide books to children in underserved communities and facilitate opportunities for volunteers to actively engage in social change while remaining safe. We started Bookworm Global as a way to serve others during the pandemic but we hope the impact can be much greater.
There is an immediate need for phyical books to promote literacy and prevent educational backsliding. We have recycled over 28,000 books since Spring 2020! Recycling books helps (1) improve literacy rates, (2) impact education equity, (3) and is good for the environment. Help us make an even bigger impact. We could not do this without volunteers or partnerships. We have worked with numerous service organizations, schools and clubs.
Alana is a voracious reader, lover of books and technically savvy. She is dedicated to promoting literacy and is in interested in education equity and education reform. Alana really enjoys community service and is a member of several service organizations. In addition to promoting literacy, she hopes to insprie others to serve their communities. Alana attends high school in Los Angeles but is helping friends across the United States promote literacy.
We typically work with organizations that let recipients keep one book. It may be the child's first and only book. Please eliminate books with scribbles, notations, dictionaries, textbooks and coffee table books. Please remove books that are not the first in a series and may require context.
We collect and distribute books to schools that suffers from a lack of educational resources. These schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District have faced decades of disadvantage. Most have many English learners and students struggling with literacy. Most of the students at these schools live in poverty.
Collect books for elementary school-aged children. We will be collecting through January.
Ryland contacted Bookworm Global in August 2020 hoping to promote literacy and impact the growing educational gap. She worked with Alana to develop a strategy for her first book drive. Together they selected the Children's Book Project as the recipient and Ryland got to work. Ryland targeted September 8th, International Literacy Day, for her drive. She collected more than 675 books in her first drive by leveraging the Bookworm Global strategy. Ryland also inspired another ambassador to do book drives with her going forward. Congratulations and thank you to Ryland!
We are working to ensure all children have access to books during the pandemic.
Los Angeles, California,
Leverage our "how to" plans to get started in your own area. Have a bigger impact when you become an ambassador by doing a book drive with your school, service organization, sports team or religious organization.