The Adjoin Fund has learned a lot about the profound crisis in reading that is impacting African American boys across the country. We also understand the incredible barriers facing our educational system and view public school teachers as our allies. The Adjoin Fund is a community-based organization that was founded in 2014. What began as a conversation among three people has grown to more than 300 people who have joined together and is expanding.

The sole purpose of the Fund is to help African American boys, grades six to eight, become more competent readers. At the very first conversation, the organization originators promised that The Adjoin Fund would always follow words with action.

Grade-level reading by public school African-American boys in grades six through eight.


Current Projects

1. The librarian at Mildred I. Lavizzo Elementary School conducted a survey of boys in grades six through eight. She asked them what they would like to read.
They gave her a long list of comic books, stories of action heroes, and art books…
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2. The middle school literacy teacher at Wendell Smith Elementary School is starting a Guys Read field office; Guys Read is a program created by author Jon Scieszka.
The teacher’s aim: to motivate her boys to read…
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3. The academic director at O’Keeffe School of Excellence wants to enlist the athletic coaches in helping their boys become better readers. Using the “Real Men Read” model, coaches will host twice-weekly meetings to read to and with boys…
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Thank You to Our Notable Contributors

For a full list of notable donors click here or visit our donate tab. The Adjoin Fund raised a modest budget from individuals, local businesses and family trusts and we are seeking to expand our donor list.  It only takes $30.00 to give an African American boy one hour of reading companionship. Your donation to The Adjoin Fund can be an invaluable gift to a child.

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