Emerging Readers


Emerging Readers



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In the State of Wisconsin, 67% of youth do not read at a proficient level. In an effort to promote literacy and put books into the hands of those children in need, the Emerging Leaders launched the Emerging Readers program. This program provides a simple opportunity for busy individuals or families to make an impact in the life of a child at one of our local partner agencies by sharing the joy of reading and opening worlds of possibilities. 


Opportunity Overview

Share the joy of reading with children in our local community! During the 2021 - 2022 school year, we will purchase books for children in our local community and support locally-owned bookstores.



Last year, 274 children (5 mos - 14 years old) across 6 partner agencies received 1,200+ books. Since it's inception, the program has provided 16,000+ books to 1,400+ youth in Milwaukee and Waukesha County.



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 Who can participate?

Anyone interested in getting books into the hands of children in our community.

 Do I need to sign-up every year or am I automatically registered?

You will need to opt into the program each year.

 Who receives the books?

We work with United Way Partner Agencies to manage this program and ensure that every child who is signed up receives books.

 When do students receive the books?

Book will be delivered to nonprofits throughout the school year.

 Where are you buying the books?

United Way will work with locally owned and operated bookstores to purchase the books on your behalf.


Contact Brea Stevenson via email or at 414.263.8163.

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