Educational Institutions

READING WORKS INC

Albuquerque, NM   |  www.reading-works.org

Mission

Reading Works Mission is to change lives through literacy.

Ruling year info

2007

Board President

Ms. Margaret Barker

Main address

PO Box 80824

Albuquerque, NM 87198-0824 USA

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EIN

41-2235848

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

From health to gender equality, children's welfare to poverty, every important social issue is impacted by low adult literacy. When individuals learn how to read, write, or speak English they have the power to lift themselves out of poverty .

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Adult Literacy Program

Reading Works is a Reading & Education Center. We provide free education to adults through guided private or small group instruction by trained volunteer tutors. Our purpose is to help adults secure gainful employment, advance in their education and thereby give their children financial security and a greater chance for their own academic success. We emphasize day-to-day applications so our students experience real practical differences in their lives.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Immigrants, newcomers, refugees
Budget
$180,000

Newspaper publication of our students' writing. The newspaper is distributed to the community. This program year we plan to add a visual arts component. At year's end, we will host a public reading and celebration of student works.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Immigrants, newcomers, refugees
Budget
$5,800

Where we work

Awards

Best Practices in Literacy Honoree 2017

Library of Congress

National Innovation Prize 2018

National Literacy Directory

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of adults who received literacy services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults,Immigrants, newcomers, refugees,Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related Program

Adult Literacy Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Percentage of clients who experienced a real-life change: a "Literacy Benchmark"

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults,Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,Immigrants, newcomers, refugees

Related Program

Adult Literacy Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Real-life changes included U.S. Citizenship; obtaining employment; speaking English with a medical professional; participating in children's education; voting for the first time.

Percentage of tested clients who demonstrated skill levels, measured by standardized testing

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults,Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,Immigrants, newcomers, refugees

Related Program

Adult Literacy Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Address the issues of poverty, children welfare, and health through literacy and English language acquisition.

Reading Works provides evidence-based tutoring in one-on-one or small group settings (2 to 5 people) to low skill level adults using community volunteer tutors. Our services are free and students do not pay for books and materials.

Strong volunteer network and effective leadership. Strong partnerships with other nonprofits and community outreach.

Skill improvement as measured by testing.<br/>Real life changes measured by competency -- Literacy Benchmark Achievements

Since 2009, Reading Works has provided free tutoring to over 1,300 adults. In 2017, the Library of Congress named Reading Works a Best Practices in Literacy Honoree. Reading Works was one of 18 literacy initiatives from Canada, United States, Indonesia, Australia, Vietnam, and India honored. In 2018, the National Literacy Directory awarded an innovation prize to Reading Works for its writing program: New Words.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is the organization collecting feedback?

    We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), case management notes.

  • How is the organization using feedback?

    We use feedback to: to identify and remedy poor client service experiences, to identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to inform the development of new programs/projects, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    We share feedback with: our staff, our board, our funders, our community partners.

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to: it is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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READING WORKS INC

Board of directors
as of 8/14/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Margaret Barker

Marty Farmer

Rosa Estrada

Laura Banks

Chris Jacobsen

Margaret Barker

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/24/2020

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Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

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Keywords

literacy, English as a Second Language, ESL, reading, writing, immigrants