READ TO ME INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION

Share the Love and Joy of Reading Aloud

aka Read To Me International   |   Honolulu, HI   |  http://www.readtomeintl.org/

Mission

Our goal is that every child be read to every day. The simple act of reading to children lays the foundation for their educational success.

Ruling year info

1996

Principal Officer

Lynne Waihee

Main address

126 Queen Street, Suite 303

Honolulu, HI 96813 USA

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EIN

99-0327529

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Many children today experience an array of challenges including disrupted family life, financial instability, poor academic performance, aggression, trauma over the loss of connection, and potential foster home placement. The experience is especially devastating for children living in disadvantaged communities. Family-strengthening activities are critical to build the relationship between parent and child. To counteract negative outcomes, it’s important for both child and caregiver to receive a system of ongoing supports.

Our programs

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

Haku Mo'oleo

Haku Mo’olelo (compose stories) is a creative writing/illustrating program for women at the Women’s Community Correctional Center (WCCC). It is designed to help inmates write their own children’s stories or tales, illustrate them, and publish them. The program involves 12 sessions once a week to provide instruction in writing, illustrating and recording stories. Students learn the elements of story writing to illustrating, and tips and techniques on reading aloud stories for CD recordings to send to their keiki. They also learn how to polish and edit their stores and how to prepare them for publication. The project culminates in a read-aloud celebration, where inmates share their stories with their children, parents, grandparents and community members.

Population(s) Served

A signature program on the Wai‘anae Coast RTM10 (read to Me 10 minutes a day) engages parents and caregivers in supporting their children’s educational success, using read aloud as a catalyst , and expanding the program to support the parents and caregivers’ becoming their children’s education advocate. The six-week curriculum is a parent coaching program where parents learn the skills and develop the confidence to read aloud daily to their keiki. In addition, the graduates of the program participate in alumni activities designed to keep them engaged in their keiki’s education.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

Read To Me International’s (RTMI) mission is: To share the love and joy of reading aloud to children. Our goal is that every child will be read to every day.

Reading provides the foundation for a great education as well as a lifelong skill that brings not only knowledge, but pleasure.

Research on reading and learning to read shows that there are things that can be done at home from an early age that help children become successful as readers.
However, parents must be equipped to support their children to become successful readers.
Our programs build parents’ skills, influences behavior changes, increases knowledge, provides parents with group support throughout the program, and equips parents with resources, which in turn boost their confidence in how to read to their children.
This increased confidence allows parents to better support their children to become more successful readers.

To achieve our mission, we have implemented the following programs:

Parent Programs
● A six-week Parent Coaching Program, RTM10 (read to me 10 minutes a day), is offered in under-resourced communities where adults learn the skills and develop the confidence to read aloud daily to their children. Also, the graduates of the program participate in alumni activities designed to keep them engaged in their child’s education. This program now has over 100 graduates. (Note: Children spend 900 hours in school and 7800 in the home, annually. This program promotes “parents as first teachers.”)
● Haku Mo‘olelo is the focus of this application; this program began in 2016 with 57 published books.
● Other prison projects: This year 56 inmates at Waiawa and 42 inmates on Kaua’i have recorded stories and sent the tapes home to their children.

School Presentations
School presentations involve reading directly to the children in the classroom. They also serve as professional development for staff at various schools. Last year, more than twenty-three hundred (2300) individuals learned about the benefits of reading aloud and listened to stories told using best-practice, “read-aloud” techniques.

Events
• Host annual national-quality conferences open to parents, educators, caregivers. Topics include strategies to improve reading instruction and guided oral reading.
• Attend or plan community events to promote reading.

The entire RTMI staff is committed and well-trained to deploy and onboard programs and staff, respectively. Staff possesses experience, leadership skills, and abilities necessary to effectively operate the program and support its participants. Through relationship building and partnering with other service providers, RTMI also has a cadre of volunteers who readily assist at programs and events.

HAKU MO‘OLELO (To “Compose Stories”)
A parent-coaching curriculum designed for residents of
the Women’s Community Correctional Center (WCCC).
Participants write, illustrate, and record their own children’s
storybooks, which are sent home to their children along with
the audio recording.
• Over 60 books published
• 100% of participants agree or strongly agree that they
learned more ways to engage their children in reading
through the program

READERS RALLIES
A program for formerly homeless families living at
Kahauiki Village, an affordable plantation-style community.
All residents are invited to quarterly readers rallies, which
combine read aloud activities with musical entertainment.
• 30 families attended Readers Rallies
• 120 books were given to children, who chose their own
books at the rally

READ, REVIVE, RESTORE
A session for residents of State community correctional facilities
to read and audio-record age-appropriate books for their children.
Incarcerated parents record reading aloud a child’s storybook and
send both the book and audio recording to their children.
• 375 books and recordings were sent home to children from
incarcerated family members
• 90% of Maui Community Correctional Center program
participants plan to read aloud more because of the program

RTM10 (“READ TO ME 10 MINUTES A DAY”)
A weekly comprehensive parent-coaching program offered to
families in Nānākuli and Wai‘anae. Coaches provide parents with
reading strategies and resources to practice in class, then apply it
with their children at home and school.
• 100% of participants report having more confidence when
reading aloud to their children
• 100% of participants read to their children at least three times
a week and incorporated new read aloud tips learned in class

READ TO ME LITERACY CONFERENCE
An annual, national-quality conference providing educators, parents, and
caregivers with read-aloud strategies and resources to nurture and grow
children’s love of reading.
• 95% of conferee survey respondents identified a strategy, technique,
tool, or resource they will use with children related to an area of reading
instruction or guided oral reading
• 100% of participants reported that the conference met their professional
development needs

Financials

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Operations

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

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READ TO ME INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jo Anne Vieira

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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Not applicable