Lisa Thomas, Our Village, Our Children Community Outreach
As a college-educated mother, Lisa Thomas has always encouraged literacy in her family and has seen the powerful positive influence reading has had on her son’s life, both academically and socially.
This is precisely why Lisa has dedicated herself to giving the same opportunities to other children in the impoverished Baton Rouge community of Gardere, through her project, Our Village, Our Children Community Outreach. The program aims to encourage and improve juvenile literacy rates among underprivileged and underserved youth, who live with their families in low-income housing, often surviving off incomes of $15,000 or less per year.
Over the course of summer 2015, Lisa will hold educational workshops at a local community library where children will be given books and present oral and written essays under the guidance of certified teachers. They will also be exposed to arts and culture through enrichment field trips and will even participate in community redevelopment projects, such as clean-up campaigns and planting gardens.
Lisa states, “I believe reading opens the door to growth, intelligence and diversity, no matter where you live or the conditions in which you live and I want this opportunity for every child.”
GRANT AWARD DATE: May 14, 2015