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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 2017 2018

  • January 3-6, 2017 Tutoring begins at all schools
  • January 26, 2017 - Kick-off Social for tutors, prospective tutors, schools leaders, and sponsors.
  • March 20-24, 2017 Tutoring ends, FSA reading testing begins the following week.
  • Oct/Nov 2017 Social for past and prospective tutors, school leaders, school sponsors and Read to Succeed Program supporters. Date TBA
  • December 12 & 14, 2017 New Tutor orientation:
        - Tuesday the 12th at Rampello Magnet School, Tampa noon-1pm
        - Thursday the 14th at Jamerson Elementary, St. Petersburg noon-1pm
  • January 8-14, 2018 Tutoring begins at all schools
  • March 19-23, 2018 Last week of tutoring at all schools

Our Story

Since 2003, assisted by volunteer lawyers, judges, and other professionals in our community, Lawyers for Literacy has helped over 750 struggling third-graders pass the reading portion of the FSA (Florida Standards Assessments) exam and build a foundation for future success 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
  • Farese Physical Therapy Center
  • Neil Flaxman
  • Hon. Marion Fleming and Father Peter Fleming
  • Christian Giblin
  • Lee Green
  • Dana Greenbaum
  • Carla Turner-Hahn
  • Tom Smith and Sue Hanna
  • Paul and Sandra Hardin
  • Liz Heinkel
  • 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
  • Bill McQueen
  • Tim Miler
  • Barbara Pacholec
  • Kathleen Peters
  • Mark Powers
  • Maria Rawls
  • 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: