Happy World Literacy Day from Experience Baseball!

Today marks International Literacy Day, established by UNESCO in 1965. Literacy Day aims to highlight the importance of literacy around the world. As per UNESCO’s website, “Literacy skills are the prerequisite for the learning of a broader set of knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values, required for creating sustainable societies.”

Literacy is still a major education initiative even in developed countries like the United States. A recent article in The Guardian highlighted the worldwide problem of illiteracy and the ways in which it negatively affects people’s lives and overall progress of a country.  The article, citing a report by the World Literacy Foundation, state; “People in rich and poor countries are “trapped in a cycle of poverty with limited opportunities for employment or income generation” because of illiteracy, the report said.”

In Chicago, the importance of improving literacy is also pertinent. In 2012, the Department of Education reported that 79% of the 8th graders in the Chicago Public Schools are not grade-level proficient in reading. While 53% of adults in the city have low or limited literacy skills, according to Literacy Chicago.

There is no doubt that the seeds of education are planted at an early age with simple things, like reading and access to libraries. Not only vital to literacy development and language skills, it also nurtures curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking. Still a huge inequality remains for children of low-income families and communities. Children in low-income areas often do not have access to quality reading materials, which creates an education gap that is difficult to mend.

Experience Baseball is taking steps to help educate and empower youth as we work to build a library for Chicago-based nonprofit, Lost Boyz Inc.  Lost Boyz Inc. was founded in 2008, and similar to our focus, also feature organized sports programs and youth outreach as a way to reduce violence, provide opportunities, and teach important life skills. The Lost Boyz Library Project will provide another avenue of community outreach and provide educational opportunities for the children that they serve in South Chicago.

You can help with our initiative by donating directly to our cause by using the Paypal button on the Experience Baseball homepage. You can also purchase books directly from our Amazon Wish list and have them sent to Lost Boyz Inc. We will be updating this blog with important milestones about this project so be sure to check back or sign up for our email newsletter.

We hope to make a library available to these children to enforce then mentality the reading, education, and ultimately success is available to them.

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