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About Reading Legacies

Mission & Vision

Our Mission

“To Empower children and youth as valued family and community members through intergenerational shared-reading experiences.”

Our Focus

“The focus of our programs is to support the most vulnerable children and youth in our communities, especially those in underserved, low-income areas and/or those who have an incarcerated parent or other family member.”

Our Vision

“Our vision is that through shared-reading experiences, these children and youth will have improved reading skills, increased self-esteem and connectedness to their families and communities.”

Our History

During the more than two decades of managing her first nonprofit organization, Founder Betty J. Mohlenbrock, M.Ed. was able to witness the impact that reading aloud with young children has on people of all ages, not just the child or parents. Her findings, coupled with the personal belief that youth are a powerful and important resource for the future of society, led her to begin shaping the framework for programs that would positively impact all children and youth, especially those who are underserved and at-risk for failure in school and life.

Interesting Family Connections Facts

  • 1 in 14 children in the United States has been effected by parental incarceration.
  • Youth who have contact with their incarcerated parent report less alienation from and anger towards the parent, and are less likely to be suspended from or drop out of school.
  • Strong family ties during imprisonment can have a positive impact on people returning from prison and on their children.
  • Some research suggests that parenting programs in prison reduce recidivism, improving the chances of successful reentry.
  • People returning home from prison who have access to family support fare better than those who do not on a range of reentry outcomes.

Interesting Youth Readers Program Facts

  • Literature on youth community service activities indicates that adolescents who are actively involved in their community have a stronger self-image (e.g., greater self-esteem and self-efficacy) and value themselves more highly than adolescents who do not take part.
  • Young participants in community service programs have also reported improved interpersonal relationships and skills, such as social relatedness, prosocial attitudes and behaviors, sense of community, empathy, nurturance and altruism.

Our Office

2750 Historic Decatur Rd.
Barracks 15 • Ste. 210
San Diego, CA 92106
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