We Help Children, Youth and Families
This program's goal is to strengthen family bonds by incorporating reading aloud in families separated by incarceration and addiction.
We are empowering parents as their child's first and most important teacher through reading aloud regularly in the home.
Through this program, high school students learn leadership and public service by reading aloud to children in their community.
This program focuses on forming meaningful communication between generations as seniors read aloud to their family members. (Formerly known as the Grandparent Storybooks program.)
Book Bridges Program
Empower Parents - Educate Children - Connect Families
The Book Bridges program helps children transcend the bars that separate them from their incarcerated loved ones.
Parents are trained to read aloud to their children on video, forming healthy and lasting bonds and learning about the importance of reading aloud with children.
Volunteer facilitators offer tips and tools to make the shared reading experience fun and valuable to the child. After the incarcerated parents read aloud on video, the video link and storybook are sent to the children at home to be enjoyed time and again.
Results of our Book Bridges Program
Thousands Of Children Find a Love For Reading
Program Participant and Mother
Father apart for 4 years from 2 daughters
First Teachers program
Gather Resources - Make Reading Fun - Help your Children discover a Love of Reading
Every minute you read to children makes a difference. Empowering parents as their children’s “first teachers” is a pillar of educational and emotional success. The First Teachers program includes a series of workshops that encourage parents to trust their instincts, gather resources, and read aloud regularly to prepare their children for success in school.
This program aims to engage parents in the development of their children through discussion and collaboration. Members of the Reading Legacies Board, Staff, community partners, and parents regularly discuss personal and research-based insights on the benefits of reading aloud with children.
Storybook Legacies Program
Read A Children's Book - Create A Video Recording - Share Memories with your family
Our Storybook Legacies program is designed to enhance intergenerational relationships by sharing memories and values through storybooks. The purpose of this program is to provide meaningful communication between generations as they read together.
Adult readers are coached and recorded on video reading a favorite book to their children, grandchildren, and other important children in their lives.
Their recording and a book are sent to the family to be enjoyed and cherished time and again. A true “Reading Legacy” is created as readers reflect on their own memories and life experiences as they read the story aloud. It’s a gift to be treasured by generations!
- Reading Legacies Story Corner at Liberty Station
- Retirement facilities in San Diego County
- Public Libraries in San Diego County
Grandparents: What To Expect When You Visit The Story Corner
Girl Scout Program - Earn a patch with Reading Legacies!
What: Community Service
When: Girl Scouts facilitate the program independently within their own families.
How: To earn a Reading Legacies patch, girls will video-record 3 older family members reading storybooks on video. Details of requirements can be found in our Program Guidebook.
Cost: Free program, $2 per patch
Contact: Claire Gerbasi, email@example.com
Reading Legacies Story Corner
enhance intergenerational family relationships through reading on video
Read-along recording opportunities for seniors, veterans, or any community member with an important child in their life. If you’d like to record a read-aloud video for a special child in your life, click the “Schedule a Read Aloud Session” button below.
Interested in volunteering at Story Corner? Contact us! We look forward to making this vision a reality and continuing to ensure San Diego’s children are prepared to succeed.
Youth Readers Program
Build Confidence - Become A Leader - Make A Difference
The Youth Readers program benefits teens, young children, and the communities in which they live through the simple yet magical experience of reading together.
High school students volunteer to read with preschool-aged counterparts on a regular basis, which enhances the teen’s sense of self, helps them realize their community leadership potential, and allows them to experience the impact of making a difference in the life of a young child.
To sign up to volunteer, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org