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Organization - Literature For All Of Us Children & Youth Education

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Literature For All Of Us
Last updated on October 7, 2013


Literature for All of Us brings the rewards of reading and writing through book group discussions to teen parents and other young people in underserved neighborhoods. We build communities of readers, poets, and critical thinkers. We develop family literacy by providing children’s literature and child development resources to teen parents. We open worlds by opening books.

Through weekly book groups, we bring the rewards of reading and writing to a group of teens whose lives are heavily impacted by early pregnancy and parenting, poverty, violence and gangs. Most are young men and women who have failed to thrive in traditional educational settings and are enrolled in alternative high schools, GED programs and after-school groups. Our book groups are led by full-time professional book group leaders. Our program employs a dynamic, arts-infused approach to literacy that provides critical opportunities for learning, connection, and creative self-expression among an often hard-to-reach population.

Incorporated in 1997 by Executive Director Karen Thomson, Literature for All of Us has grown from serving 15 low-income teen mothers in one group to serving 500-600 young people annually. Through collaborative relationships with schools and community-based organizations in Chicago and nearby Evanston, to date Literature for All of Us has reached over 6,500 young people.

Contact people:
 Caitlin Moran, (phone), (email)
Megan Waugh, (phone), (email)

Main office number: (847) 869-7323

 2010 Dewey Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
This location is handicap accessible
(See a map)

Web Site: http://www.literatureforallofus.org


 Literature for All of Us is located on the second floor of the Family Focus building at Foster and Darrow.
  Nearest Metro/Subway Stop: Central Avenue,
  Walk distance (in minutes): 15

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