July 22, 2019News » MyCom READS 2019 a Huge Success!

MyCom, a youth development network, designed to ensure every child is given positive opportunities in their lives, hosted our 1st Annual MyCom READS event on Friday, July 19, 2019 at Luke Easter Park. The event co-hosts were the Literacy Cooperative & Seeds of Literacy.

The event was held jointly with Family Unity Day in the Park and featured over 25 community partners focused on promoting literacy.

Literacy is more than just reading. It’s an individual’s ability to read, write, speak, compute and solve problems. A staggering 123 million of the world’s illiterate population are young people. In the U.S. alone, two babies born each minute will grow up to be illiterate. Students who don’t read proficiently by the 3rd grade are 4 times likelier to drop out of school. Children of parents with low literacy skills have a 72 percent chance of being at the lowest reading levels themselves. These children are more likely to get poor grades, display behavioral problems, have high absentee rates, repeat school years, or drop out.

MyCom believes every child should have the opportunity to learn to read and brought together a network of youth development providers across Greater Cleveland to make this belief a reality.

“We held MyCom READS as an event to promote reading to our children, young adults, and their families. Our community needs to build literacy in all people and reading to our children is just a first step. With our partners from the Literacy Cooperative and Seeds of Literacy, we hope to enable our community to thrive economically by strengthening our literacy skills.” Kasey Morgan, MyCom Project Director.

With support from The Cleveland Foundation and event planning with Mt. Pleasant NOW and Union Miles Development Corporation, MyCom was able to give away over 300 books and 100 books bags to children, young adults, and adults! The book bags, donated by our local Shoes and Clothes for Kids and their Kids In Need program, were stuffed with school supplies provided by MyCom and Seeds of Literacy.

The event included a special book reading of The Wild Robot was done by our friends at Literary Lots and its founder, Kauser Razvi and Chrishawndra Matthews of Literacy in the H.O.O.D.

MyCom is a supporter of the Literacy Cooperative and the #LITFITNEO initiative, a community partnership challenge asking our community to be a part of bringing $100,000 here to Greater Cleveland in support of literacy development programs.

Learn more about our partners and co-hosts:

The Literacy Cooperative & #LITFITNEO

Seeds of Literacy

Literary Lots

Literacy in the H.O.O.D.