#SupportSuperStars Campaign Launches!

Super Stars Literacy, a highly effective K-2 literacy intervention project, is pleased to work with CommitChange, an Oakland-based crowdfunding platform, to launch their 2015 Fall Campaign, #SupportSuperStars.

OAKLAND,CA – Local non-profit Super Stars Literacy announced today that it is raising funds via a crowdfunding campaign on the CommitChange platform to support their innovative and effective early literacy intervention program.

Super Stars Literacy currently serves nearly 800  students in eight public elementary schools in Oakland, Hayward and Newark. CommitChange, an Oakland-based start-up, specializes in providing highly personalized support to smaller non-profits interested in online fundraising. SSL plans to raise $20,000 on CommitChange to support their 2015-16 school year programming. Visit the campaign at: www.tinyurl.com/SupportSSL

Mary Castagnozzi, Piedmont resident and Super Stars Literacy Board Member notes, “I am so excited by the work we do at Super Stars Literacy. The detail and attention that goes into delivering these reading experiences to young people truly changes lives.”

Nathaniel James, Director of Strategy & Partnerships at CommitChange notes, CommitChange is very excited about this campaign. Super Stars Literacy’s instructors are a great team with a smart plan, doing important work. I expect a lot of people to respond.”

“We partner with schools and families to do what cannot be done alone,” notes SSL Evaluation Manager Rose Lynn Abesamis-Bell. “Only 33% of low-income students in Alameda County are reading proficiently by third grade…but we can change this! A cohort study found that only 15% of students entered our program with age-appropriate reading skills, but after three years with Super Stars, 70% were reading at or above grade level. Our goal is to help as many students as possible connect and grow around literacy.”

Regina C., a mother of two students in the Super Stars Literacy program, is excited about the new fundraising campaign, explaining, It takes a village to raise a child, and SSL is like part of our family, helping to elevate my kids’ reading skills in a safe and caring environment.  Donating to SSL is like helping out family. You can trust that they’ll do a great job in helping our kids succeed. My boys love Super Stars Literacy – sometimes they don’t want to go home at the end of the day, they want to stay at school with their Super Stars friends and instructors!” See Regina tell her story and take a look into our classrooms here.

Originally a project of the Junior League of Oakland-East Bay, the Super Stars Literacy program was launched in 2002 at one Oakland school. SSL became an independent non-profit in 2008, and has been an AmeriCorps grantee since 2012. Super Stars Literacy empowers students via in-school reading assistance, after school literacy and social-emotional intervention, and organized family outreach and events.

To donate to the campaign, visit www.tinyurl.com/SupportSSL or send a check to Super Stars Literacy, 333 Hegenberger Road, Suite 503, Oakland CA 94621

For more information on the CommitChange plaform, visit www.commitchange.com