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REACH is a nonprofit that provides literacy instruction and experiences for adult and youth readers each year through ground-breaking tutoring programs and the innovative use of donated books in our beautiful secondhand bookstore.

Our literacy program transforms adults reading and writing skills through experienced volunteer tutors who deliver innovative instruction, are passionate about education, and serve as positive role models. Adult learners feel supported in a safe learning environment for practice, exploration, and language lessons. Our BEE a Reader program pairs a volunteer with emerging readers via zoom. These consistent, positive interactions aim to provide students with a dependable role model who works to strengthen their confidence with regard to reading.

Through our REACH a Teacher Grants, we provide readers of all ages with engaging, appropriate, and high-quality books. Each year we provide thousands of books to schools and nonprofits across the Sioux Empire.

Funding for our work comes in large part from the sale of donated books at our fantastic REACH a Reader bookstore, as well as online and at special events.

OUR HISTORY

Our organization has come a long way since we were founded in 1986 as a prison ministry called The Sioux Falls Area Literacy Council.  Since that time, the mission to teach adults to read, write, and improve life skills has evolved into what it is currently - to empower adults and children to thrive through literacy education

Evolving the mission allows our organization to increase the reach and impact of our literacy partnerships and expand the scope of our literacy programming.  In 2014, The Sioux Falls Area Literacy Council changed its name to REACH Literacy to reflect how we are now reaching an even broader community across the Sioux Empire.

OUR STAFF

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PAIGE CARDA, EMPA

Executive Director

Brooke Sieff

Program Director

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kuol Malou - President
Valerie Loudenback - Vice President
Lezlee Herdina - Treasurer
Jenny Lockhart - Secretary

At Large:
John Heber

Megan Baldridge
Rachel Clarke
Catherine Sommervold
Morgan Larsen
Anita Manning

Linda Halliburton

"Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope."

Kofi Annan