Engage San Francisco Literacy

Engage San Francisco Literacy has moved to an online and virtual format in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the shelter-in-place order.

Through multiple partnerships with SFUSD and community-based organizations we have grown an intentional year-round literacy support project for Western Addition children and their families.

School Year Literacy Programs

Our school year Engage San Francisco Literacy program prepares, places and supports USF students to be highly trained reading tutors. We educate USF students with knowledge of teaching and learning to read, adverse childhood events, community history in the Fillmore/Western Addition, and educational equity as a lifelong disposition.

We partner with two San Francisco public schools - Rosa Parks Elementary School and Cobb Elementary – and with three after-school programs – Booker T. Washington Community Center, Magic Zone, and Prince Hall Learning Center.

All tutors in their first and second semester of employment with the Literacy program are enrolled in a one-credit course, which focuses on the development of their tutoring skills and capacities. Additionally, all tutors who have worked for more than two semesters participate in bi-monthly leadership meetings, facilitated by Engage San Francisco’s literacy coordinator. For more information contact Dresden Smith, djsmith8@dons.usfca.edu.


Summer Literacy Programs

Professor Helen Maniates supports the Heart 2 Heart Summer Reading program, which works with Western Addition youth to prevent summer learning loss.

USF/MoMAGIC/Heart2Heart Summer Reading Program supports children in grades K-5 from the Western Addition.

Launched in 2004, and housed in the USF School of Education under the leadership of Professor Helen Maniates, Director of the Masters in Teaching Reading Program, the Summer Reading Program is designed and implemented in partnership with USF students and community based organization staff. From research on previous summer programs in 2016 and 2017, they have documented a statistically significant increase in words read correctly per minute, reading fluency, and reading comprehension on grade level reading passages for students in grades 1-5. Students in grades 1-5 who attended 70% of the 2017 program showed a greater increase in motivation to read than the aggregate of all students enrolled. The summers of 2018 and 2019 we implemented a Middle School component that includes regular field trips to USF. For Information, contact hmaniates@usfca.edu.