Literacy development starts early, and students who struggle with reading are at a significantly higher risk for illiteracy and low-literacy later in life. Research has shown a strong connection between low-literacy and poor life outcomes such as poverty, reliance on public assistance programs, underemployment, and high risks of incarceration. Words Alive is the leader in full community literacy growth with volunteer-led, curriculum-based programming spanning cradle to career student and family support. The organization gives over 27,000 books to students and families with limited resources so they can build home libraries. Join the literacy movement, and empower a student or family by giving the gift of reading!