The Citi Foundation recently announced that The Literacy Lab has been awarded a $250,000 grant from their 2018 Youth Workforce Fund, a national initiative that is supporting community organizations in key cities across the United States to help them expand their programming and connect low-income youth to a range of employment opportunities. The Literacy Lab will leverage this grant to prepare the teachers of tomorrow through its AmeriCorps program and Leading Men Fellowship.
“Teacher shortages and diversifying the teacher pipeline are two of the most critical issues facing education in Washington, DC,” says Ashley Johnson, Co-CEO of The Literacy Lab. “With this grant, The Literacy Lab will provide first-hand, real-world job training and experience to hundreds of emerging educators who will have a significant impact on the vitality of our city and its economy.”
In Washington, DC The Literacy Lab currently supports 104 AmeriCorps members and Leading Men Fellows. During their service year, these tutors and Fellows will develop skills to effectively implement a curriculum at their school site, while also developing as emerging professionals. Through robust professional development and coaching, as well as strong relationships with schools and districts, The Literacy Lab creates a pathway into a career in education for our members.
The Youth Workforce Fund is part of the Citi Foundation’s three year $100MM global Pathways to Progress initiative, which focuses on career readiness initiatives that provide youth job seekers the full range of services needed for long-term employment and economic success.