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The English language has 44 sounds.

Do you know what they are?

Children who know the 44 sounds of English learn how to read easily.

Children who don't, don't.

Reading is easy if you know the 44 sounds of English.  Reading is hard if you don't.

Teach your child ALL 44 sounds of the English language before kindergarten.  Download the Phonibet for free right here.

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Talk to us about reading, the literacy crisis, the education crisis, global literacy, phonemic awareness, phonics, how to solve an incredibly complex social dilemma, the 1.2 million high school dropouts each year, our broken English code, 25% illiteracy among 2nd-9th grade public school students, how to help!

Welcome to the American Youth Literacy Foundation (Youth Lit) Home Page.  

Imagine if you could do something AMAZING to help someone else.  Try to imagine what the face of a child looks like when the "Light Goes On" for the very first time and they finally understand what it means to read, even if they've been struggling for years and fallen behind their classmates.  Here is an opportunity for you to give someone a gift that no one can ever take away, a gift that will last a lifetime.  We help underprivileged children, gifted children, ALL children.  We help teens and young adults and we help you and the people you know and love.

America has a reading problem.  More than 25% of American public school children in grades 2-9 are completely illiterate despite the fact that many school districts spend over $15,000 per year per on each student's education. This literacy crisis has deep roots but is primarily caused by the difficulty of the English written code.  The volunteers of Youth Lit are REVERSING the Literacy Crisis in America using an advanced technology for teaching reading, and as we reverse the literacy crisis we are also reversing the Education Crisis in America that is causing 1.2 million students to drop out of high school each year. 

At Youth Lit we are building a "Benevolent Hurricane" of human energy, human experience, human compassion and human connectivity to bring literacy and opportunity to America's "New New Poor," the 48 million intellectually and educationally impoverished Millennials in the United States and the millions of children in the generations behind them, who either cannot read or are considered "Functionally Illiterate." 

Thank you for connecting with us and for liking on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In and other social media. It is very important for us to connect. Connecting is an integral component of our mutual success, so if you want to make a true impact on the Education Crisis in America today, we have the tools that can make it possible.  Please connect with us on our Facebook fan page or click here to sign up to become a tutor. Thank you for your interest and determination  : ) ~Mr. R. Kali Woodward, Executive Director


The mission of the American Youth Literacy Foundation is to help ALL American children become literate before they reach the end of 5th grade by providing simple, phonics-based tools and reading curricula, together with training and support, to parents, teachers, tutors and organizations that work directly with students in need.

In support of our mission, Youth Lit develops and directs free after school tutoring programs in association with public libraries, YMCA's and other community outreach organizations.  Most of our tutors are high school and college student volunteers who are earning community service credits while making a valuable contribution to their communities.

We are always looking for new participants. Give us a call anytime or email.

Our doors are always open.

Call (215) 868-1098 for information.

"This year of tutoring really was special to me . . . Not only did I learn the patience and understanding one needs to be a teacher, I learned how special some kids really are, and how much they impact you. Someone told me a quote once that I thought was really sweet. I may have switched it up a bit, but it goes something like this: "People come into your life; some for years, and some for just a season, but all the people that come into your life do so for a reason."
~Christina, Youth Lit Tutor
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Reading has always been a favorite pastime of mine, so after moving to a new community, I knew how I wanted to make my mark. After a bit of searching, I came across the American Youth Literacy Foundation. Right away the program was impressive, and YouthLit provided me with an option to volunteer in a way I had never thought possible. During the training program while learning the Phonibet, I couldn’t help but show my family the unique symbols for the sounds of the English language and spurt out all the new information I’d learned. Infomercial for YouthLit? Here I come.  More...
In giving to the American Youth Literacy Foundation, you help us to continue serving the children in your community while helping us reverse the literacy crisis nationwide.  The American Youth Literacy Foundation is a 501(C) (3) charitable non-profit dedicated to insuring that all American children learn how to read by the end of 5th grade.  All donations made using this form WILL help a child learn how to read.  You have the ability to help provide a child with free one-on-one tutoring for a year by giving $50 today.  Allow yourself to make a difference.  Your donation will be tax deductible.  Please consult your individual tax advisor for details.  Thank you for giving : )