Houston Literacy Organization, READ3Zero, Announces
Name Change to iWRITE
Local literacy organization continues to provide publishing and leadership opportunities
to our youth in the new year
Houston, TX, January 4, 2016 – With the start of the new year, local non profit READ3Zero changes its official name to the iWRITE Literacy Organization. After much consideration, founder Melissa Williams, with the support of literacy leaders in the area, decided to embrace the changes within the organization and start a new phase of outreach, beginning with a name change.
“Through applause and much encouragement we made a major change that is going to help us embrace the entire Houston literacy community,” said Melissa Williams. “The name change will allow us fulfill the writing needs as we partner with other reading organizations.”
In the past six years, iWRITE has professionally published over 300 students and illustrators and continues to impact the lives of children, transforming them into literacy advocates that will forever change the literacy crisis that we’re facing today. Write, read, lead has become a part of the vision for the non profit to motivate kids to set new goals and become role models.
“The iWRITE name change will help this unique organization increase its impact in promoting literacy through writing programs that empower our youth and give them a voice,” said Barbara Bush, Houston Literacy Foundation founder and co-Chair, Neil Bush.
The new organization aims to make a significant impact on the global challenges surrounding reading and writing. Reaching international countries like the Philippines and Mexico, iWRITE students have made it their mission to inspire children around the world by sharing their passion for literacy. An official partner with the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, iWRITE will now offer volunteer opportunities, new literacy program initiatives, and support to all reading and writing efforts made within the literacy community through the foundation’s connect4literacy volunteer portal.
This year iWRITE launches the official “iWRITE All the Time” Campaign, spearheading the need to make writing an important factor in the lives of all Houston youth through the use of an interactive writing journal and the launch of a writing app. The need to create a message that writing is cool in this high-tech generation is imperative to the success of our youth’s character development. The art of writing for pleasure must not be lost as it has proven to be a useful therapeutic tool for all ages. As the organization embraces its name change and new growth, additional resources will be spent to reach underprivileged populations who may not have access to writing programs and literacy opportunities.
To learn more about iWRITE, please click here.
Watch what the student authors have to say about iWRITE here.
To see images of the iWRITE 6th Annual Luncheon and Book Signing event, please click here.
Founded in 2009 by children’s author and public speaker Melissa M. Williams, iWRITE, formerly known as READ3zero, has embarked on a mission to help share aspects of the literacy and publishing world, influencing the lives of children to learn outside the classroom. One of the primary creative projects at iWRITE is the annual short story contest, I Write Short Stories by Kids for Kids, which emphasizes the concept that reading and writing go hand in hand. The program provides leadership and speaking opportunities to the students after they are published. Children are also allowed to submit drawings for the front and back cover of the book.