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Lawyers for Literacy

Helping Reduce Juvenile Crime . . . One Book at a Time.

85% of juveniles in the criminal system have below-average reading skills. --U.S. Dept. of Education.

Children "do better academically when they read more . . . and have greater access to books and other reading materials in their environment." --National Center for Education Studies.

Upcoming Events for 2016 - 2017

  • Oct/Nov date to be announced - Kick-off Social for tutors, prospective tutors, schools leaders, and sponsors.
  • December 15 & 17 - Tutor orientation:
  • - Tuesday the 13th at Rampello Magnet School, Tampa noon-1pm
    - Thursday the 15th at Jamerson Elementary, St. Petersburg noon-1pm
  • January 3-6, 2017 - Tutoring begins.
  • March 20-24, 2017 - Tutoring ends, FSA reading testing begins the following week.

Our Story

Assisted by volunteer lawyers, judges, and other professionals in our community, Lawyers for Literacy has helped nearly 200 struggling third-grade readers pass the FCAT (Florida Standards Assessment Test) and build a foundation for future success since 2003. We strive to achieve this goal in two ways:

  • offering private tutoring in vocabulary and reading; and

  • providing a personal library of books to each participating child.

Read more about Lawyers For Literacy

Get Involved!

35% of Florida 4th graders scored below the basic reading level.

Kids Count (2006, State Level Data)

Calling all Tampa Bay Lawyers, Judges, Paralegals, Law Students, and other Legal/Non-Legal Professionals:

  • Involvement in Lawyers for Literacy requires a limited amount of your time—just 1 hour a week for 11 weeks

  • Your time and support could determine whether or not a child is promoted to the fourth grade.
  • Tutoring a child is a proactive and preventive way to help keep kids out of the criminal justice system later on in life.
  • Your assistance and time commitment can leave a lasting impression on a child who may not have many positive role models in his or her life.

Read more about how you can get involved

For Participating or Prospective Lawyers for Literacy Schools:

  • This is a free service.
  • Students receive individual tutoring from a local professional.
  • Tutoring sessions are designed to meet the reading needs of each student through a partnership between school staff and LFL.
  • Participating schools can help provide books for children who often do not have books in their home.
  • Participating schools can ensure that the students and tutors have the necessary support and supplies during their sessions.

Thank you!

We'd like to thank the following for their generous donations, 100% of which were used to buy books, materials and supplies for each participating child:

  • Larry & Maureen Ahern
  • Steve and Gloria Angel
  • Cohen & Feuer Arty
  • Runell Bowman
  • Amy Bryant
  • Cakes By Carolynn, St Petersburg
  • Certa Pro Painters
  • Behiye and Rahul Chettri
  • Amanda Clapp
  • Andrew Collinson
  • Michael Conway, mConway Commercial Photography and TecTao Designs Web Design (in-kind donation of services)
  • Robert & Laura Craven
  • Bruce Denson
  • Christine Derr
  • John Dixon
  • Dwight Dudley Family
  • Mary Evertz
  • Neil Flaxman
  • Hon. Marion Fleming and Father Peter Fleming
  • Christian Giblin
  • Lee Green
  • Dana Greenbaum
  • Carla Turner-Hahn
  • Tom Smith and Sue Hanna
  • Diana Holmes
  • Beth Houghton and Scott Wagman
  • Kathyrn Hynes
  • Harris & Hunt, P.A.
  • Lisa and Scott Johni
  • Junior League of St. Petersburg
  • The Honorable Lorraine Kelly
  • Koch, Smith & Hoffman, P.A.
  • Ken and Lynn Lark
  • Dan and Silvia Leeper
  • Barbara Marshall
  • Tara Martin
  • Tim Miler
  • Barbara Pacholec
  • Kathleen Peters
  • Mark Powers
  • Dr. Mark Ritch
  • Kimberly Rodgers
  • San Marco & Associates Private Investigators, Inc.
  • Bill Schneikert
  • Jeanette Secor
  • St. Petersburg Association of Legal Support Specialists
  • Kate Taylor
  • William Weller and Cynthia Smoot-Weller
  • Penny Weston
  • Amber Flaxman Young

We would also like to thank our community sponsors for supporting literacy in our area:


Lexis Nexis

HCSO Charities

The H.C. Gemmer Family Christian Foundation

We would also like to thank the following organizations for their support and partnership: