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Everybody Wins DC

Helping children thrive through books and reading

aka EW!DC   |   Washington, DC   |  www.everybodywinsdc.org

Mission

Everybody Wins DC is a non-profit organization devoted to helping children thrive through the power of books and reading. By creating joyful reading experience through one-on-one mentoring, read-alouds, and book distributions, we are helping children build critical literacy and social-emotional skills that will help them succeed in school and in life.

Ruling year info

1996

Executive Director

Ms. Jordi Hutchinson

Main address

1420 New York Avenue, NW Suite 650

Washington, DC 20005 USA

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EIN

52-1938281

NTEE code info

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

Voluntarism Promotion (T40)

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Our programs

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

Power Readers

Power Readers is EWDC's one-on-one mentoring program that connects students with volunteers from the community to read together for one hour a week. No lesson plans, no curriculum. Just quality time spent over a book, reading in a judgement free zone. Power Readers is 100% voluntary for students and free of charge to schools and families. The time our students and mentors spend reading helps develop not just foundational literacy skills, but also critical social-emotional tools like self-efficacy, empathy, social awareness, and perseverance. It also helps children build interpersonal skills as once they are matched with a mentor they can stay with the same volunteer for the entirety of their time within the program. As a result, some students and mentors return year after year building relationships that go beyond the words on the page.

Population(s) Served
Children
Preteens
People of African descent
Economically disadvantaged people

The Book Project increases access to books for children across the DC region through direct free distribution events and book deliveries to partner organizations, including schools and community programs. In addition, The Book Project aims to provide all readers with the experience of seeing themselves on the pages they read and therefore commits to at least 50% of all books distributed be centered on diverse or marginalized communities and experiences.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

Where we work

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 mentors recruited

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

Children and youth

Related Program

The Book Project

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students served

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

Children and youth, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

The Book Project

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of books distributed

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

Children and youth, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

The Book Project

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Six long-term objectives drive EW!DC to attain its goal of serving all of the eligible children who could benefit from literacy and mentoring support in the Power Lunch program:
1. Improve children's interest in and attitudes toward reading.
2. Improve reading-related skills and classroom behavior.
3. Expand at-risk youth's opportunities for success by providing caring mentors who encourage academic success and help build self-esteem and confidence.
4. Provide flexible, convenient volunteer experiences.
5. Bring community support to DC's under resourced public elementary schools.
6. Expose children to people of diverse cultures and backgrounds.

EW!DC's proven programs serve children in need of extra reading at a crucial point in their education. Many of our students come from challenging home environments and could use a caring, consistent mentor in their lives. EW!DC students are in grades K through 5, and K through 8 where elementary and middle schools are combined, in low-income public elementary schools and come from families that live in some of the most economically distressed neighborhoods in the region. The benefits of a caring consistent role model have proven to be instrumental in improving students reading and reading-related skills.

The goal of EW!DC is to serve students who are falling behind their peers in reading ability and are at-risk for academic failure, and in most cases, come from difficult home environments, all from low-income public elementary schools. The students we serve are referred to the program by their teachers and/or principals who are familiar with the student's academic progress, needs and social circumstance. Suggested selection guidelines are: does not have the ability to read at a basic level, may need extra support to sharpen reading skills, build vocabulary, increase reading confidence or develop a greater interest in books and reading, may benefit academically or socially from consistent and positive adult interaction.

The EW!DC model targets underserved children with two programs: Power Lunch and StoryTime.

The Power Lunch program links eager young minds with adult professionals who give an hour of their time each week to read and talk with children over the lunch hour. The goal of the Power Lunch program is to reach young children and help transform their lives through reading, by providing them with caring Reading Mentors who read one-on-one with them each week over the school year. Over the past twenty years, thousands of Reading Mentors from Capitol Hill, government agencies, corporations, local businesses, and other organizations have made this vision a reality. The mentors promote reading for pleasure, serve as caring adult role models, build self-confidence and enhance self-esteem. Each student in the Power Lunch program also receive a new book to take home every month during the school year.

StoryTime brings storytellers, authors, and performers to provide monthly programs to low-income public elementary schools that are not served by Power Lunch. Each student also receives a new book to take home and share with their family at the end of each performance.

Based on the belief that the most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children, EW!DC's programs benefit children academically, as well as socially by bringing a diverse selection of literature into the schools and pairing students with caring adult readers who serve as Reading Mentors. The greatest strength of the program is the positive connection that is created when a mentor and child bond to achieve a mutually enriching, one-on-one relationship built around the joy of reading. EW!DC has long-standing relationships with over 110 Congressional offices, government agencies, corporations, small businesses, and other organizations who encourage their employees to volunteer as Reading Mentors each week. With a remarkable 70 percent retention rate, many Reading Mentors continue reading with their partner for several years.

EW!DC also employs on-site School Coordinators who are responsible for the implementation and daily operations of the Power Lunch program at each school site. School Coordinators enforce program guidelines, ensuring volunteers and students have everything they need for the mentoring experience. School Coordinators are members of the community, many of whom have attended, or have children who attend DCPS schools. School Coordinators are provided training on volunteer management, public speaking, problem solving, organizations skills, children's literature and children's mentoring. EW!DC's unique management paradigm is a shining example of EW!DC's commitment to harness the exceptional talent in the community by providing long-term career opportunities for many low-income individuals.

Over the past 22 years, EW!DC has served over 66,000 students and distributed more than 210,000 new books to those students, and provided meaningful volunteer opportunities for thousands of professional adults, allowing us to emerge as the largest literacy and mentoring organization in the Washington, DC Area.

In two independent evaluations, one under the auspices of the US Department of Education and the other by Loyola University of Chicago, EW!DC's Power Lunch emerged as one of very few programs documented to effectively impact low-income students in reading comprehension, motivation and achievement, as well as overall academic performance, classroom behavior, self-confidence and social skills. Comparing Power Lunch student groups (treatment) with non-Power Lunch groups (control), information was collected from teachers, students, Reading Mentors and standardized test scores. It was concluded that more than twice as many Power Lunch students improved their academic performance compared to control group students. Results also showed statistically significant gains for students: 25% of the poor readers improved academic performance, more than double the 12% in the control group. Also, 16% of low readers improved classroom behavior, more than five times the number in the control group.

While EW!DC has accomplished a lot over the past 22 years, much remains to be done. The need for intervention and mentoring of this student population in the DC area is critical and the demand for EW!DC's services is already higher than the organization can meet. There are hundreds of children on our waiting lists and teachers/principals who have asked EW!DC to start-up services in their schools. We continue to reach for our goal of serving all students who would benefit from our services.

Additionally, the problems associated with illiteracy are not going to be “fixed" in a single year. EW!DC is positioned to sustain its programs to make an even greater impact turning around the destructive effects of illiteracy on our society, but this is a long-term process.

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Everybody Wins DC

Board of directors
as of 10/23/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Arielle Elliott

Bloomberg Gov

Term: 2020 - 2022

Mark Young

Barbara Faculjak

Jill Sommers

Richard Mintz

David Gray

Bruce Dubinsky

Chris Cook

Rob Portman

John Fish

Martine Combal

Stacy O'Mara

Nick Pearson

Board leadership practices

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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? No
  • 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? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/20/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data