LINC serves as the facilitator for two place based collaborative impact projects in South Jamaica, Queens and East New York, Brooklyn. Working in partnership with fourteen literacy and education organizations, together we are building a continuum of literacy support services for children from birth through fifth grade. By concentrating the combined expertise from each organization on a single geographic area, the goal is to ensure that low income children have the resources and opportunities to read on grade level and sustain success through elementary school and beyond. These initiatives, known as South Jamaica Reads and East New York Reads, are possible through leadership support by The Pinkerton Foundation.
“South Jamaica Reads is a living testament to the power of collaboration. To improve reading proficiency and close the achievement gap, we need all the horses pulling in the same direction, and in South Jamaica Reads we have just that: a host of superb literacy organizations coordinating services, connecting families to multiple supports, sharing best practices, and enlisting and inspiring community involvement. Is it ambitious? Of course, but also exciting and we think very promising.”
-Rick Smith, President, The Pinkerton Foundation