Programs

5 Ways

We Help San Diego Families

Book Bridges Program

Strengthening family bonds by incorporating reading aloud in families separated by incarceration and addiction.

First Teachers Program

Empowering parents as their child's first and most important teacher through reading aloud regularly in the home.

Grandparent
Storybooks Program

Forming meaningful communication between generations as seniors read aloud to their family members.

Youth Readers Program

High school students learn leadership and public service by reading aloud to children in their community.

Reading Legacies
Story Corner

Located at Liberty Station, Story Corner offers programs for community members, parents, authors, volunteers, and children to share the magic of reading stories with one another.

Connection

Success

Education

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

Empower

85% of children reported that they enjoy reading more when participating in the Book Bridges program.
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More Enjoyment

Educate

97% of incarcerated parents reported becoming more aware of the importance of reading with the child.
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Increased Awareness

Connect

82% of families have an improved relationship with their incarcerated family member when participating in the Book Bridges program.
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Improved Relationship

We've Helped

Thousands Of Children Find a Love For Reading

Incarcerated Mother

“My son was extremely proud of the book afterward, carrying it around with him everywhere. He then later decides to re-read the book to his baby brother!”

Volunteer

“Volunteering for Reading Legacies comes with an invisible badge of honor that I wear proudly on my heart, knowing that, through the book which an inmate reads and the video of him reading it, a bond with his child/ren is made and/or sustained.”

Father apart for 4 years from 2 daughters

“This is priceless… It actually touches my children, unlike other means… Anytime they pick up a book they will remember that I took the time to care enough to read to them, together. Please continue to bring our kids a smile.”

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.

Grandparent Storybooks Program

Read A Children's Book - Create A Video Recording - Share Memories with your family

Our Grandparent Storybooks program is designed to enhance intergenerational family relationships by sharing memories and family values through storybooks. The purpose of this program is to provide meaningful communication between generations as they read aloud together, using technology to bridge geographical separations and to enhance familial interactions.

Seniors are coached and recorded on video reading a favorite book to their grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and other loved ones. The recording and 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!

Girl Scout Program - Earn a patch with Reading Legacies!

Who: Cadettes-Ambassadors 

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, claire@readinglegacies.org 

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.

Results of Our Youth Readers Program

Empower

100% of Youth Reader reported feeling an increased sense self-confidence and leadership skills.
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Increased Confidence

Educate

71% of Youth Readers reported an increase in their library use and started reading more for personal enjoyment.
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Increased Use & Enjoyment

Connect

95% of parents reported stronger relationships with their preschooler through reading together.
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Stronger Relationships

Youth Reader

Testimonials

High School Student Volunteer

“Being a part of this program has helped me so much in life. It has taught me the value of reading and has encouraged me to love reading. Being connected with the children has given me happiness and joy. I love this program.”

High School Student Volunteer

“It was a new experience for me but it made me realize that I am important in my community and my contribution has an impact. The small kids we read to are happy every Wednesday they see us. They always asked me ‘are you coming next week.”

Child Care Center Teacher

“Children get excited for Wednesdays! During outside play in the afternoon, the children sometimes see the ‘Readers’ walking home and the children get so excited!! They yell, ‘Hi Readers’ or ‘Mrs. Russell, look there are the Readers!!'”

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.