Reading Is Empowerment

There are 50,300 elementary school students in BC who struggle with low literacy. That’s one in every 11 school children.

Research shows that a child’s reading level at the end of Grade Three is a more accurate predictor of school success than any other variable, including family income, educational attainment of parents, ethnic or cultural identity, or home language. Our approach is to initiate early critical intervention into the lives of struggling readers.

Boosting literacy means boosting a child’s chance of success in school and in life in the following critical areas.


Strong literacy skills are positively associated with better employment opportunities and higher lifetime earnings.


Higher literacy rates are linked to higher health literacy, which result in better health outcomes in adulthood.


Reading together strengthens relationships and builds a healthy sense of self-esteem and self-confidence in budding young readers.


Reading skills are a key component in the development of reasoning and problem solving.

Our Track Record

The ONE TO ONE Literacy program began in 1989 as a collaboration between the Vancouver School Board and the Junior League of Greater Vancouver.

Our Mission

Through one-to-one volunteer tutoring, we help children develop literacy skills to last a lifetime.

Our Impact

Since the introduction of the ONE TO ONE program in 1989, we have helped over 20,000 children improve their literacy skills.