• Join Us to Celebrate 10 Years!
    Join us as we celebrate 10 years of breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty with a year long Human Capital Campaign!
  • Meet Each of Our Youth Leaders.
    Ever wonder what a Reading Village scholar is like? Now you can meet them all, read about their interests, and help make their dreams come true.
  • Help Us Eradicate Illiteracy.
    You can be change the world. Start your own fundraising campaign to bring literacy to Guatemala. We've got everything you need to get going!
  • Breaking the Cycle of Poverty
    Since 2007 we have worked with 78 teenagers to change the lives of more than 4,500 children. And we've only just begun! Help us grow our impact in Guatemala.
  • Learn How Literacy Can End Poverty.
    Through a combination of scholarship, leadership, and literacy, we empower one generation of leaders to create another generation of readers.

Alleviating Poverty

We have begun our work in Guatemala collaborating with marginalized communities to develop local leadership and accompanying these communities on their journey to prosperity, as defined and owned by them.
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Empowering Leaders

We empower youth leaders who ensure the generation behind them is literate and capable of critical and creative thinking, while their own development advances their future prospects as well as the wellbeing of the entire community.
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Taking Action

All around the world inspired individuals have partnered with us to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty by donating, volunteering, traveling to Guatemala, holding fundraising events, etc. There’s a way for everyone to get involved.
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Our Impact

  • 2 public libraries initiated and run by Reading Village youth leaders
  • 98% average increase to family income by employed graduates
  • 40% of Reading Village's youth leader alumni taking university classes
  • 76% of sixth graders in Chuacruz read in the library at least once a week

Latest News & Events

  • How Reading Translates to Leading June 22, 2016

    A few weeks ago the Reading Village Board spent an hour on a Skype call with some of our youth leaders. One of those teens ...

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  • The Power of Observation June 15, 2016

    Maricela Correa-Chávez and Barbara Rogoff of the University of California, Santa Cruz, published a study that shows indigenous Mayan children when compared to European American ...

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  • Why Guatemala June 1, 2016

    People often ask me why do I return to Guatemala year after year. My answer spills out of my mouth with enthusiasm these days. “Because ...

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