Literacy Initiative Offers E-Learning for St. Louis Kids

Agha Haider founded the Literacy Initiative, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, when he was in the eighth grade. Since 2017, the Literacy Initiative has provided over 20,000 books to over 10,000 economically disadvantaged students across the United States through their Books & Cookies after-school programs. Due to recent events revolving around COVID-19, they've had to reevaluate and shift their programs. They are now hosting an e-Tutoring based program that serves students in grades 1st through 12th grade. Students will be able to pick weekly sessions for either 1 or 2 hours where students will work with high school volunteers on various subject areas depending on the need. Through this program, they want to make sure that students don't fall behind during school closure with or without eLearning.

They are hosting two main virtual programs:

eTutoring: Through this new program, students will be partnered up with either a high school or college student that will work closely with the student on one of the following subject areas: English, Reading, Math, or Science. The goal for this program is to make sure that students aren't falling behind on their daily coursework. This program is 100% free to all students across the United States who qualify for free or reduced lunches at their school.

Virtual STEAM Nights: The goal for our Virtual STEAM Nights are to expose teens to a wide variety of different subjects, majors, and careers within Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. Through these events, students are able to hear from a wide array of college student panelists.

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