DID YOU KNOW THAT:
More than 75% of those on welfare, 85% of unwed mothers, and 60% of prison inmates in America are illiterate. (Proliteracyrate.org)
2/3rds of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of the 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare. http://begintoread.com/research/literacystatistics.html
Seven out of ten of the schools in Virginia that have the lowest SOL English scores in the state are located in the Hampton Roads area. (National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education & SchoolDigger.com)
When you teach a child to read, you give them a ticket out of poverty. That is why every year we hold Joy Ministries Reading Camps for at-risk youths living in low-income and subsidized housing areas. We hire certified teachers who have a heart to change lives to work in every Reading Camp, and by the end of the Summer, the lives of the children are truly transformed. This year we will be operating 8 camps across Virginia Beach and Chesapeake.
God uses the camp to break strongholds of poverty and to build the self-esteem of the children. For many of the children, the Reading Camp is the highlight of their Summer as they are not able to afford to go to other camps like many children their age. The camp allows many children to skip several reading grade levels and it sets them on a path for success. We then hold a big graduation celebration for all of the children who successfully complete the program. All guardians are invited and we use the opportunity to preach the Gospel. Many individuals ask Jesus into their heart at the graduation, and whole families are changed.
Click here to read about a life that has been changed through Joy Ministries' Summer Reading Camp.