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"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."
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The American Youth Literacy Foundation 501 (c) (3)

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 to help underprivileged children, to help gifted children, to help ALL children, to help teens and young adults and to help you and the people you know and love.

The volunteers of Youth Lit ARE reversing the Literacy Crisis in America and we ARE going to reverse the Education Crisis by reversing the Literacy Crisis. This is not a quick or easy process but we are the ONLY organization in America combining a transformational and patented "synthetic phonics curriculum" with applied "dissipative social structure theory" to fundamentally alter the trajectory of the current state of chaos in our education infrastructure.

What that means in English is that 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 65 million intellectually and educationally impoverished children of the United States who either cannot or can barely read.

Thank you for liking us and please connect us to your friends 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, please connect us to someone in your social network! Send your friends and colleagues to our Facebook fan page or to this website. Thank you and may peace be with you : ) ~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, YMCAs 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.


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 : )