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Read Art Loud Inc

Sparking Positive Social Change Through Reading Aloud & The Performing Arts

Flint, MI   |  https://readartloud.org
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Read Art Loud Inc

EIN: 87-4775925


Mission

We collaborate with families, educational institutions, and community organizations, both online and in-person, to ignite a passion for reading and literacy in our children through meaningful read-alouds and performing arts activities. Our mission: To inspire positive social change, one page at a time.

Notes from the nonprofit

At Read Art Loud, its vision extends beyond immediate literacy gains. We aspire to instill a lifelong love for reading in children, empowering them to become critical thinkers and compassionate individuals. By harnessing the power of storytelling and the arts, we seek to catalyze positive social change that endures for generations.

Ruling year info

2022

Principal Officer

T. Yarnell Ball

Main address

PO Box 4341

Flint, MI 48504 USA

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EIN

87-4775925

Subject area info

Arts and culture

Education

Human services

Population served info

Ethnic and racial groups

Economically disadvantaged people

At-risk youth

Students

Artists and performers

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Tax forms

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Research, such as the report "Double Jeopardy: How Poverty and Disability Compound Educational Disadvantage" by the National Center for Learning Disabilities, underscores the importance of literacy skills in breaking the cycle of poverty. Read Art Loud aims to not only improve literacy levels but also enhance cognitive abilities, critical thinking skills, and vocabulary development, as highlighted in studies like "Effects of an Early Literacy Professional Development Intervention on Head Start Teachers and Children" published in Child Development. Moreover, RAL provides low-income youth with access to high-quality literature and educational resources, narrowing the opportunity gap and fostering a love for learning. According to the report "Poverty and Education:Finding the Way Forward" by the National Education Association, exposure to literature from an early age significantly impacts language development and academic success, particularly for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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?

Taking Books to Another Level After School Program

Collaborating with families, educational institutions, and community organizations - from the pages of books we read aloud, perform theater and create music and art. Each participant must read out loud at least one childrens book or meaningful literature (individually or as a group) per session. We conduct vocal and meditation exercises, complete homework assignments as needed and at the end of the session students co-create a showcase to present what was learned to family and friends.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Families
At-risk youth
Academics
Artists and performers

Eligible high school students are trained to become read art loud teaching assistants and peer mentors to younger students. Teaching assistants will be offered a small stipend, gift, and/or volunteer hours needed to graduate high school and they are highly encouraged to seek out school and community-based service projects.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Academics
Artists and performers

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 children who have emerging literacy skills such as beginning letter recognition and phonological awareness, story comprehension, and use of writing materials.

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

Ethnic and racial groups, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Artists and performers, Academics

Related Program

Taking Books to Another Level After School Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of classes offered

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

Ethnic and racial groups, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Academics, Artists and performers

Related Program

Taking Books to Another Level After School Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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.

Through its enrichment programs, facilitated by compassionate teaching artists, the organization seeks to empower children and teenagers by leveraging the benefits of reading aloud and engaging in performing arts activities. Offering after-school programs like "Taking Books to Another Level" for K-8th graders and training for high school students, Read Art Loud, Inc. focuses on fostering literacy and leadership skills, preparing high school students to serve as reading mentors and teaching artist assistants.

Read Art Loud primarily has the goal to ignite a passion for reading and literacy in children, particularly those from underserved communities, by integrating the arts into educational programming. Specifically, Read Art Loud has the following organizational goals:

Ignite a passion for reading and literacy in children through both online and in-person initiatives.
Provide training opportunities for high school students to become Read Art Loud Junior Teaching Artists and future leaders who positively impact their communities.
Offer meaningful children's programming and original educational songs to enhance learning experiences.
Ensure sustainability and growth to thrive in its mission of promoting literacy and artistic expression.

Each session of the program emphasizes active participation, with every student tasked with reading aloud at least one children's book or piece of meaningful literature. By vocalizing and performing the text, students deepen their comprehension and retention while building confidence in their reading abilities. Moreover, "Taking Books to Another Level" goes beyond traditional literacy programs by incorporating artistic expression into the learning process. Through theater, music, and visual arts activities, students are encouraged to creatively interpret and express their understanding of the texts they read. This multidisciplinary approach not only reinforces literacy skills but also nurtures creativity and critical thinking.
As a culmination of their efforts, participants collaborate to co-create a showcase for family, friends, and the community. This showcase serves as a platform for students to demonstrate their newfound skills and share their artistic interpretations of the literature they have explored throughout the program.
Additionally, "Taking Books to Another Level" offers high school students in grades 9 through 12 the opportunity to become Junior Read Art Loud Teaching Artists. These students assist RAL Teaching Artists during afterschool programs, gaining valuable leadership experience, and contributing to the academic and artistic development of younger peers. High school students receive a small stipend and volunteer hours, supporting their educational goals and fostering a sense of civic engagement.
In addition to its core programming, Read Art Loud offers a complementary sub-program called "Reading Counts," which incentivizes students to engage with literature and track their reading progress. Through "Reading Counts," students are rewarded for meeting specific reading milestones by providing oral or written summaries or quizzes for each book they complete. In return for their efforts, participants receive various incentives, including free pizza, invitations to awards banquets, certificates of achievement, and other rewards. This initiative not only encourages students to cultivate a habit of reading but also provides tangible recognition for their dedication and effort, fostering a positive reinforcement loop that reinforces the importance of literacy and celebrates their accomplishments.
In summary, "Taking Books to Another Level" combines evidence-based reading strategies, arts integration, and community engagement to provide inner-city students with a comprehensive and enriching after-school experience. Through this program, RAL aims to inspire a lifelong love of reading, improve reading scores, empower students to reach their full potential, and foster a sense of creativity and connection within the community.

Financials

Read Art Loud Inc

Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Read Art Loud Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2023

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Revenue
Contributions, Grants, Gifts $20,521
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $0
Total Revenue $21,716
Expenses
Program Services $3,708
Administration $1,685
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $5,392

Read Art Loud Inc

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2023

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Assets
Total Assets $16,324
Liabilities
Total Liabilities $0
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $16,324

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

T. Yarnell Ball

Read Art Loud was founded by T. Yarnell Ball, who currently serves as the Executive Director. Her journey towards founding RAL began during her upbringing in the Bronx, New York, amidst environments plagued by drug abuse, violence, and poverty. Despite the challenges, Yarnell found solace in books, using reading as a means to escape into different worlds. When Yarnell moved to South Carolina, she attended a high school that emphasized the struggles and sacrifices her ancestors endured to gain literacy. Four years ago, Yarnell became a teaching artist in Flint and Metro Detroit, Michigan, where she witnessed the transformative power of read-alouds and performing arts on students' confidence and reading skills. Observing the decline in reading scores, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, Yarnell was inspired to establish Read Art Loud. The organization aims to bridge the literacy gap by infusing arts-based approaches into reading education.

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Read Art Loud Inc

Board of directors
as of 03/25/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

T. Yarnell Ball

Read Art Loud, Inc.

Term: 2022 - 2025

Roxie Schell

Read Art Loud, Inc.

Damon Tempey

Read Art Loud, Inc.

Wendy Johnson

Read Art Loud, Inc.

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/24/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability