The Journey: Why & How
An alarming number of children — about 64 percent nationwide — are not proficient readers by the end of third grade. If left unchecked, this achievement gap will undermine efforts to end intergenerational poverty.
Launched in 2010, the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading focuses on five pillars to address this: School Readiness, Attendance, Summer Learning, Family Engagement, and Health Determinants.
The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a four-county initiative fostering wide community participation to achieve shared aspirations for the success of families and children.
To increase early-reading proficiency, the Suncoast Campaign delivers support and resources to children by mobilizing a broad base of stakeholders, tapping into expansive networks, and working with families, educators, and partners to leverage collective innovations and learnings.
Programs, including Stronger Me, Stronger We, THIS BOOK IS COOL! and Pop-Up Neighbor Through Laundry seek to strengthen community, enhance healthy child and brain development, and instill a love of learning. The overall movement generates lasting impact regionally, nationally, and globally.
CATALYSTS FOR GOOD
The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (SCGLR) works with people, businesses, nonprofits, government, and the media to accelerate progress toward shared aspirations. This is achieved through five key actions: Connecting → Learning → Sharing → Evolving → Strengthening.
Connecting: To learn, share, evolve, and strengthen, we must first be connected. The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading provides opportunities to bring people, organizations, and communities together, strategically linking Internal Stakeholders (CEO/ED, board, staff, donors, and volunteers); External Stakeholders (people, businesses, other nonprofits, government, and the media); and Areas (local, regional, statewide, national, and global communities).
Learning: The time spent listening, asking questions, and exploring builds mutual understanding, and mutual understanding fosters the development of trust.
Sharing: The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading believes that important assets — including information, knowledge, skills, and expertise — strengthen the impact of initiatives when they are spread through collaboration. Sharing is the pivotal point linking the power of connecting and learning to opportunities for evolving and strengthening.
Evolving: “Change happens at the speed of trust” is one of the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading’s key tenets. As confidence grows, the belief in new possibilities begins to emerge, and meaningful changes are made toward positive transformations.
Strengthening: The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading supports the efforts of people, organizations, and communities by focusing on issues that address mutual aspirations, foster wide participation, and encourage learning and sharing.
IMPORTANCE OF ALIGNMENT
While everything collaborators do requires trust, the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading has learned that the alignment of five characteristics — leadership, willingness, readiness, capacity, and culture — is critical to success.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPACT
The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading capitalizes on methods to refocus efforts toward lasting impact.
Finding ways for people to engage and create their desired future.
Expanding a narrow scope of thinking to a broad view of the collective resources from multiple sectors
Shifting the focus from problems, challenges, and barriers to a shared vision and new possibilities
Rather than taking actions that perpetuate problems, creating opportunities that change realities
Rather than acting in isolation, exploring, discovering, and working together in a shared ecosystem
Rather than focusing on short-term actions, optimizing efforts toward long-term impact
Engaging all stakeholders — CEO/ED, board, staff, donors, and volunteers. When we understand the “Why,” we embrace the “How” and the “What.”
Working together with people, businesses, nonprofits, government, and the media to rethink obstacles and explore solutions.
THE FIVE Cs
No matter the circumstances, the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (SCGLR) enters each day focused on five constants that power its ability to thrive in the face of change while harnessing that change to work in new, impactful ways. This is achieved through five key actions: Caring → Connecting → Collaborating → Contributing → Creating
Caring: With its many initiatives — regardless of the aspiration or geography involved — SCGLR channels empathy and compassion for our world. The unfettered charter undergirding its efforts allows SCGLR to undertake work in ways others are not doing, cannot do, or will not do. This affords SCGLR unique opportunities to create meaningful change through its philanthropy, and it’s one for which we are ever grateful. Knowing and embracing what’s possible through our work allows each of us to live and work in the spirit of joyful stewardship.
Connecting: SCGLR’s approach is organized around the principle that, to learn, share, evolve, and strengthen, we must first be connected. SCGLR provides opportunities to bring people, organizations, and communities together, strategically linking Internal Stakeholders (CEO/executive director, board, staff, donors, volunteers, and beneficiaries); External Stakeholders (people, businesses, nonprofits, government, and the media); and Areas (local, regional, statewide, national, and global communities).
Collaborating: When SCGLR seeks to strengthen outcomes within shared aspirations, it looks to the organizations and entities at the forefront of the ongoing work in that space. Rather than arrive at its work with the answer, SCGLR strives to learn from those actively creating the kind of future people aspire to live in, finding opportunities to strengthen their efforts while continuing to introduce them to other mission-aligned causes and organizations.
Contributing: As a fully endowed charitable entity, SCGLR has substantial resources to help strengthen those with which it collaborates. However, the true value of SCGLR’s support goes far beyond any one-time check. With an eye toward long-term thrivability and mission impact, SCGLR exercises agility in its response to emerging funding opportunities while creating opportunities to catalyze additional support from donors big and small to these organizations and networks.
Creating: The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading supports the efforts of people, organizations, and communities by focusing on issues that address mutual aspirations, foster wide participation, and encourage learning and sharing.
THE PHASES OF DISASTER RECOVERY
The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading understands that the recovery process following a disaster or unexpected challenge includes three distinct phases: