Here in Washington, DC, only 23% of 4th graders and 17% of 8th graders read at the proficient level or above. These are children at risk for failing – academically and socially. Everybody Wins! DC operates literacy and mentoring programs in 36 low-income public elementary schools throughout the Washington region, serving more than 5,000 students a year. Through its Power Lunch program it pairs them with adult Reading Mentors from Capitol Hill, government agencies, and businesses. Mentors expose children to literature, inspire them to read, and serve as caring role models. Many partners stay together for years, and below-grade-level reading decreases annually from 61% to 34%. Readers Are Leaders matches older elementary school students, grades 4-5, with younger students, grades K-3, to read aloud together, while StoryTime brings together authors, musicians, and storytellers to create performances based on children's books. In its nearly two decades, EW!DC has served more than 55,000 students and distributed nearly 182,000 brand new books to create in-home libraries. Your generosity changes the lives of thousands of children.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; VA-Arlington County

Age Groups Served: Youth; Grades K-5

Ethnic Groups Served: African American, 77%; Asian American, 3%; Caucasian, 2%; Latino/Hispanic, 18%

Population(s) Served: Students

Schools They Work In: POWER LUNCH SCHOOLS; Amidon Elementary School; Brent Museum Magnet School; Francis-Stevens Education Campus; Garrison Elementary School; Key School; Ludlow-Taylor Elementary; Marie Reed Community Learning Center; Ross Elementary School; Savoy Elementary; Thomson Elementary School; Tyler Elementary School; STORYTIME SCHOOLS; Bancroft Elementary; Barnard Elementary; Burrville Elementary; C.W. Harris Elementary; Cleveland Elementary; H.D. Cooke Elementary; Hendley Elementary; Houston Elementary; J.O. Wilson Elementary; Kimball Elementary; King Elementary; Langley Elementary; Ludlow Taylor Elementary; Malcolm X Elementary; Maury Elementary; Miner Elementary; Nalle Elementary; Orr Elementary; Payne Elementary; Powell Elementary; Randle Highlands Elementary; Raymond Education Campus; River Terrace Elementary; Seaton Elementary; Smothers Elementary; Tubman Elementary; Wheatley Education Campus; Whittier Education Campus

Combined Federal Campaign Number: 12915

United Way Agency Number: 8813

Awards & Recognition

EW!DC Mentor a Finalist for D.C LEARN's Award (2009)

EW!DC Receives the Mayors Organizational Volunterism Award (2008)

Executive Director Mary Salander Receives the Mike Fox Literacy Award (2007)

Everybody Wins! DC a Finalist in the Giving Tree Charities, Inc WHITE HOT '07 Fundraising Event (2007)

Power Lunch Mentor Receives Bank of America Local Heroes Award (2006)

Senator Tom Harkin and Amii Young of Everybody Wins! DC Recipients of MENTOR Spotlight Award (2006)


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Budget (FY2013)

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