Everybody Wins! Iowa (EWI) is a children’s literacy and mentoring nonprofit dedicated to ensuring children’s success in school and life through weekly one-to-one read aloud experiences with caring adults. Through these ongoing read-aloud sessions, elementary school children are provided with an opportunity to build their vocabulary, listening skills, and confidence. In 2002, when Everybody Wins! Iowa was initially launched, our Power Read program served just 15 students in 3 Des Moines schools. We served 815 students in FY20 at 36 of our school locations across Central Iowa. More specifically, EWI served 9 school districts in 4 counties (Polk, Dallas, Marion, Warren) and in the following cities: Ankeny, Clive, Des Moines, West Des Moines, Windsor Heights, Indianola, Norwalk, Perry, and Pella. EWI is a certified youth mentoring program by the Iowa Mentoring Partnership. In recent years, we have also won several notable awards recognizing our work to help increase literacy in Central Iowa: Received a 2019 State Literacy Award from the Library of Congress; received the 2018 Iowa Literacy Award from the Iowa Center of the Book; and received the 2018 United Way of Central Iowa IMPACT-MAKER award for organizations with fewer than 300 employees. Share your love of reading as a volunteer reading mentor with Everybody Wins! Iowa! For more details and application please visit: https://everybodywinsiowa.org/get-involved/.
Our mission is to increase children’s success in school and in life through reading and mentoring experiences with caring volunteers.