Monday, June 23, 2008

Girl Talk: Read to Achieve

I was recently contacted by Elizabeth Devlin about a new project which is near and dear to her heart called Girl Talk: Read to Achieve. Her initiative will create "a network of school-based after-school book clubs for adolescent girls to empower them, through the discussion of literature, to become active, self-aware leaders in their communities while increasing their reading achievement and ability to think critically." Based on Ms. Devlin's literary experience both as a child and an adult and the realization that so many children in this country see reading as a chore, she truly believes that Girl Talk can reframe the reading and life experiences of underserved young women.

Girl Talk: Read to Achieve is currently a finalist in a competition on Ideablob.com where she is eligible to win $10,000 to implement her idea. I'm asking you to please take a minute and visit Ideablob.com the week (June 22nd through the 30th) and read more about this initiative. While you're there, cast a vote for Girl Talk -- you'll be helping Ms. Devlin further this wonderful idea.

4 comments:

Lisa said...

I voted! What a great idea! My bff is an elementary school teacher so I emailed the link to her as well. There are some really neat ideas for education there! I wish Ms. Devlin good luck!

Jerrie said...

Thanks for posting this! What a great idea. I have taught and continue to substitute in a low-income/high-minority school. This would be so beneficial. Maybe I will start a little group with 4 or 5 girls...hmmm...another thing for me to add to my list.

Cheryl said...

Great idea. I will vote. Thanks for sharing

Tasses said...

Wonderful idea, headed over to vote now...