Los Angeles has one of the lowest literacy rates in the country. Nearly four million people, more than half of Los Angeles County's working-age population, have low literacy skills, severely impacting their employment ability. In the Los Angeles Unified School District, only 39 percent of students met English standards on the 2016 California Standard Test for English Language Arts.
To help address the literacy crisis in Los Angeles and get children excited about reading, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation has partnered with the Los Angeles Dodgers to launch LA Reads, a literacy campaign that includes a literacy challenge, "Dodgers Reading Champions." LA Reads and Dodgers Reading Champions are designed to motivate youth to read and help them build a lifelong love of reading.
Children can track the time they spend reading every day online and win cool incentives. Dodgers Reading Champions will resume in March 2018.
LADF currently supports 13 organizations with literacy-based programming and recently concluded its Summer Reading series with the Los Angeles Library Foundation. LADF will continue to host reading events throughout the community at local schools, libraries and non-profit partners throughout the school year as a part of the LA Reads campaign.