Everybody Wins! Iowa is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring children’s success in school and life through weekly one-to-one read-aloud experiences with caring adults. Through these ongoing read-aloud sessions, elementary students in the program use reading as a vehicle to develop their social and emotional learning, build positive relationships with their mentors, and practice reading in a low-pressure setting, which prepares them for success in school.
Power Read is our signature program where students meet with their mentor weekly and read aloud to bond and build a relationship together. During Power Read, the pair interacts in a one-to-one, informal, safe, and fun setting. They have the ability to pick books that interest the student, choose who reads or to share the reading, and do reading-related activities or have informal conversations.
Students are recommended for the program by their teachers if they fit into one or more of these three categories:
Our mentors are not teachers nor tutors, but rather, role models that help students to build their confidence and inspire a positive attitude toward reading. Most experts agree that reading aloud is the single most important factor in helping children to develop their vocabulary as well as their reading and language skills. Our program’s simple equation—one mentor, one child, one book at a time—produces powerful results.
Everybody Wins! Iowa is a certified youth mentoring program by the Iowa Mentoring Partnership.