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Nurturing Growth: Our Journey in Supporting Students with Special Needs Through Social Emotional Learning Programs



At I Would Rather Be Reading (IWRBR), our mission is deeply rooted in empowering students facing adversity, particularly those grappling with childhood trauma or diagnosed with special learning needs. Since our inception in 2018, we've been unwavering in our commitment to providing tailored interventions through after-school and summer programs that merge social emotional learning (SEL) with literacy growth.


We understand the stark realities outlined by research—the alarming statistics that highlight the long-term repercussions of academic struggles, especially in the realm of literacy. That's why we've made it our priority to intervene early, knowing that by equipping students with essential skills and fostering their emotional well-being, we can steer them toward a brighter future.


Our Educate & Elevate initiative embodies our holistic approach to student support. By infusing trauma-informed practices into every facet of our programming—from communication and lesson planning to family engagement—we create a nurturing environment where every student feels seen, heard, and valued. This approach is not just about academic progress; it's about fostering resilience and self-esteem, essential ingredients for lifelong success.



Behind our success lies a dedicated team of certified teachers, all passionate advocates for student growth. With expertise in literacy intervention and social emotional trauma support, they bring a wealth of knowledge and compassion to every interaction. Their commitment is further amplified by our Trauma-Informed Reading Mentors (TIRMs), who serve as beacons of support for students navigating challenging circumstances.

Our TIRMs are more than mentors; they're catalysts for transformation. Through rigorous training and unwavering dedication, they empower students to defy expectations and exceed their own limitations. The results speak for themselves—students experiencing remarkable growth, often surpassing conventional timelines for progress.


As we prepare to expand our reach to eight locations this summer, we're filled with a sense of purpose and possibility. Each site will be a hub of learning, creativity, and resilience, guided by our unwavering belief in the potential of every student. Together, we're not just breaking cycles; we're rewriting narratives, reshaping destinies, and building a brighter tomorrow for all.


In conclusion, our journey at I Would Rather Be Reading is more than a mission—it's a calling. Through our steadfast dedication to supporting students with special needs through SEL programs, we're not just changing lives; we're changing the trajectory of communities. Together, let's continue to nurture growth, ignite potential, and build a world where every student has the opportunity to thrive.

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