Philanthropy Now podcast: Literacy and family engagement go hand in hand

With our Philanthropy Now podcast series, we explore trends in the world of philanthropy, social impact initiatives in Silicon Valley and beyond, and look at how SVCF promotes innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems.

In this episode, Erica Wood introduces Kristen Anderson and Nora Guerra, who will be introducing and discussing the Raising A Reader program. Helping families develop, practice and sustain home literacy practices is the goal of the program. It seeks to fill needs such as access to books, libraries, curriculum, training and more amongst families with young children.

Kristen and Nora discuss issues surrounding literacy and how important it is to provide a platform for parents to get involved in their childrens’ education and schooling. 

Kristen Anderson, senior manager program and affiliate relations, Raising A Reader; Erica Wood, chief community impact officer, SVCF; 
and Nora Guerra (not pictured), director of educational innovation and development in the Oak Grove School District 


What you will learn:

  • The background, history and important mission of the Raising A Reader program.
  • The common literacy issues and problems accessing materials that make this program necessary.
  • Why Raising A Reader is more than just teaching reading and more about family involvement and engagement.
  • How the program fits into the bigger picture in the community and why it’s considered a critical area.
  • The benefits for developing a program like this for any district.

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