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Future Readers is a Minneapolis-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose approach to addressing the literacy crisis is to PREVENT it in the first place by dramatically raising the percentage of children reaching third grade able to read at level. To achieve this goal, we provide a proven, data-driven, tutor-based system -- primarily at afterschool and summer programs -- at very little or no cost. A substantial increase in third graders reading at level is the first step, and our best hope, of closing the achievement gap.


Did You Know?

  • A student who cannot read by 3rd grade is four times less likely to graduate by age 19 than a child who reads proficiently by 3rd grade?
  • 90% of welfare recipients are high school dropouts.
  • 85% of juveniles who end up in the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate.
  • Limited literacy skills are the strongest predictor of a person’s health status.

General Social Effects of Illiteracy

  • A student who can’t read at grade level by 3rd grade is four times less likely to graduate by age 19 than a child who does read proficiently by that time. (Sparks, 2011)
  • Between 18 and 24 months children from lower socioeconomic status (SES) learned 30% less words than their higher SES counterparts. (Carey, 2013)
  • 90% of welfare recipients are high school dropouts.(Begin to Read)
  • 2/3 of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of the 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare. (Begin to Read)
  • 33% of 4th grade public school students are at or below the “Basic” level on the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading tests.(Reading is Fundamental) (READ MORE)


Imagine All the Children Literacy ProjectThe Future Readers (FR) Imagine All the Children literacy program is a tutor-based, afterschool  and summer program designed to meet the needs of Pre-K through third grade students who start school missing certain, basic foundational tools that can prevent them from learning to read. Our goal is to provide these tools while helping the tutors develop a passion for education by teaching their own future readers to read, which is essential for any hope of future success. Raising the percentages of children reading at level by 3rd grade is our best hope, and the first step, to closing the achievement gap.  (READ MORE)

Can’t Read…Go to Jail: A Documentary
Can’t Read…Go To Jail is a documentary being produced by Future Readers to educate the public to the fact that when children reach the 3rd grade NOT reading at level it substantially increases the likelihood that those children will “fall through the cracks” and may well end up in jail or prison. (READ MORE)

Future Readers has developed two reading screens for parents concerned that their child may not be prepared to start learning to read. The PreK-2 reading screen is the initial step in the Future Readers Imagine All the Children Literacy Program, but it can also be used by parents in a home setting. (READ MORE)

Management Team

Patrick (Pat) Ireland, President
Pat began his award-winning career in the advertising and video/film production business in 1979 when he was asked to write jingles for several companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. His ability to put complex and complicated material into simple, clear, user-friendly, “rememberable” forms made his services in high demand.

Mark Adzick, Director
As the Director of Future Readers’ operations, Mark is responsible for oversight and management of  tutor recruiting, training, assessments, and data management.  He also is responsible for marketing, development, and program expansion. Mark has been in the business of education for thirty years, with a primary focus on literacy in kindergarten through twelfth grade.

Kelly Ireland, Director of Development

Kelly is responsible for the legal affairs of Future Readers, as well development of Future Readers projects. Kelly graduated UC Berkeley, with honors, with a degree in Rhetoric and then attended law school at Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon. Kelly’s studies focused on areas of interest such as American Indian law and disability law, including legal issues surrounding disability in education.

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