Our non-profit is an outgrowth of the student - led literacy campaign, Hooked on Books, and the NM Alliance for Literacy created by Santa Fe middle school students and their teacher, Rayna Dineen at Santa Fe School for the Arts & Sciences and local high school students in 2012.
Hooked on Books students helped create the ‘Reading is Magic’ Summer Program which trains and hires teens and master reading specialists for intensive summer reading programs for students who are 1-2 years below grade level in reading. During the past ten summers, our campers have made, on average, slightly more than one year's growth during each two-week camp session, as measured by a standardized reading assessment.
Young children are particularly motivated when teenagers are reading with them and encouraging them to persevere and work hard. We train teen tutors using multi-sensory hands-on, phonics-based strategies for our Reading Quest Tutoring Center, community service outreach, and Reading is Magic work opportunities.
We tutor 300 students a week, most of whom are referred by their teachers and in collaboration with Native American Student Services, Communities in Schools and Adelante program for homeless youth. We also provide free training in teaching reading for local schools, volunteer tutors, teachers, and parents.