The video highlights the inspiring work of Literacy Now, a non-profit organization based in Houston, Texas that is dedicated to improving childhood literacy rates. The organization was founded in 2007 with the goal of making life better for underserved children in Houston, and since then it has grown into a leader in the field of early childhood literacy.

Despite its humble beginnings, Literacy Now has made a significant impact in the Houston community. The organization has gone from serving just 91 children at one school to serving over 1,000 children throughout 15 schools and various community sites this year alone. Their focus has always been on the individual child, like Helen, whose progress is highlighted in the video.

The organization offers a range of programs to empower children to read and prepare them for a lifetime of success. One of their key programs is the Reading Intervention Program, which provides individualized small group instruction to help struggling kindergarten through second-grade readers become proficient readers by the end of third grade.

The video features a number of testimonials from students and community leaders who have been positively impacted by the work of Literacy Now. One former student, D.T.O. Chris, credits the organization with helping him improve his reading skills to the point where he is now reading at an 11th grade level and planning to pursue a medical degree. Another former student, Aalene, shares how Literacy Now helped her overcome her fear of reading and inspired her to become a writer.

Throughout the video, there is a clear sense of the importance of literacy and its impact on a child’s future. The statistics presented are sobering: only 27% of all third graders in Houston are reading at a third-grade level, and almost half of all kindergarteners lack the vocabulary necessary to be successful. Literacy Now is working tirelessly to change these statistics by providing children with the tools and support they need to succeed.

The video ends with a call to action, inviting viewers to join Literacy Now in their mission to improve literacy rates in Houston. The organization is in the middle of a bold strategic expansion plan, with the goal of reaching more of the Houston community and serving all Deans ISD students who need their programs. Through building long-lasting relationships with those they serve and those who serve alongside them, Literacy Now is making a real difference in the lives of children and families throughout Houston.