Dianna Hobbs, Founder of Empowering Everyday Women Ministries and first lady of City Church Buffalo, recently launched her Literacy Links Program.
It is a community initiative to fight illiteracy among minority youth in Buffalo, the third poorest city in America with populations of over 250,000, according to U.S. Census data from 2007.
Hobbs, an award-winning web publisher, author, and college-educated, home-schooling mother of four, is providing intensive vocabulary and reading sessions to children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade.
Literacy Links’ goal is to establish a strong literacy foundation for children that will lead to a future of reading proficiency, which is necessary for both spiritual growth and natural success. The program’s mission and mantra is “Building Future Leaders.”
What sets this literacy program apart is the novelty of the method of service delivery. Hobbs does pop-up style sessions around the community to provide flexibility and convenience to families that may be dealing with transportation issues in the city.
“The Literacy Links is closing the literacy gap that exists in the African American community among children in kindergarten through third grade, ages five through eight,” explained Kenya Hobbs, pastor of City Church and husband of Mrs. Hobbs. “We have pored over reports from the Annie E. Casey Foundation regarding the literacy gains that need to be evident in children for reading proficiency by the third grade.”
“We make it easier for families to experience these services in a convenient local area — sometimes even in the home,” Mrs. Hobbs said in a statement released by her longtime publicist, Amy Bertinelli.
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SOURCE: EEW Magazine