Bright Young Dyslexics
Funding tutoring for K-12 dyslexics and educating parents, teachers and the community about dyslexia.
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Eligibility: Date of Birth
June 5, 2002
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Bright Young Dyslexics
905 George Street #114
De Pere, WI 54115
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Date You Started Your Project Started
March 1, 2013
Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.
Scaling (expanding impact to many new places or in many new ways)
1. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?
Dyslexic students process information differently, as is seen on MRIs. They need to be taught differently, but teachers are uneducated in how to address their dyslexic students. Dyslexic students are forced to seek phonics based tutoring outside of the classroom in order to achieve academic success. In many cases, schools don't even recognize dyslexia as a learning disability.
2. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.
My nonprofit, Bright Young Dyslexics, solves this problem by helping to fund the necessary and very expensive private phonics tutoring. We conduct teacher in-service programs to educate teachers and schools about dyslexia and to provide information on how to teach their dyslexic students. To promote dyslexia awareness, we provide public dyslexia simulation events so that others can better understand dyslexia and the challenges a dyslexic student faces. We also work to advance state legislation regarding dyslexia.
3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?
I wanted to help kids with dyslexia because I am dyslexic. My teachers, friends and classmates don’t always understand what dyslexia is. Every school year, I need to inform my teachers about dyslexia, what kind of accommodations help in the classroom, and how I learn best. Because dyslexia is not well understood, I created a nonprofit to make people aware of dyslexia and to help dyslexic students get the funding they need for tutoring and assistive technology. I help dyslexic kids know that they aren’t the only ones with dyslexia, that there isn’t anything wrong with them– they just learn differently, and that with the proper intervention they can succeed academically. And I’m helping teachers to be better prepared in the classroom for their dyslexic students.
4. Selfie Elevator Pitch: Include 1-minute video that answers the following “I am stepping up to make change because...”
I am stepping up to make a change because 1 in 5 students have dyslexia, yet schools continue to teach whole word language acquisition that only works for some students rather than phonics based instruction which is effective for ALL students. I am helping today's dyslexic students by providing funding for tutoring and helping tomorrow's dyslexic students by teaching our educators about dyslexia.
5. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.
Dyslexia legislation is pending. Educating our teachers is a work in progress. But we are helping children today by funding their tutoring and assistive technology needs. Without this tutoring, dyslexic students are left to flounder in the classroom often times suffering low self-esteem and low graduation rates. I just received a thank you note from the parent of a student receiving tutoring which reads, "Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are doing such important work - keep going! You may never know how far your help goes."
6. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?
We are the only organization funding dyslexic tutoring regardless of religion, race, gender or socioeconomic status. We are the only organization offering free teacher in-service programs and bringing our presentations to school classrooms to reduce the stigma of having dyslexia.
7. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?
We have directly impacted over 2,400 students and indirectly impacted over 14,000. To date, we have raised over $190,000 for dyslexic tutoring and assistive technology. We have a Youth Advisory Board of 35+ students who volunteer to support Bright Young Dyslexics.
8. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?
We have already begun sharing our experiences to help students in 10 other states duplicate our work. We would like to become a national organization serving all of America.
9. Which of the following types of expertise would be most useful for you?
10. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?
Donations less than $100
Donations between $100-$1k
Donations between $1k-$5k
Donations over $10k
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White (for example: German, Irish, English, Italian, Polish, French) (6)
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Referral: If you discovered the Challenge thanks to an organization or person other than Ashoka or T-Mobile, who was it?
Youth Service America