Room to Read

Evan Jackson


Room to Read

Literacy is the foundation for all future learning yet a quality education remains out of reach for millions of children around the world. Over the years, access to primary schooling has improved, but educational quality remains a major issue. Many children in primary school aren’t learning the basics, the result of inadequate teachers, funds and school infrastructure challenges.

Room to Read envisions a world in which all children can pursue a quality education that prepares them to be fulfilled and make positive change – in their families, communities and the world. Founded in 2000 on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children®, Room to Read transforms the lives of millions of children through education, creating a world free from illiteracy and gender inequality.

There are over 150,000 members in Kappa Alpha Psi in 12 Provinces nationwide. Each Province will nominate three chapters to participate in the program that will partner with an under-resourced primary school in their area.

Room to Read will train these undergraduate volunteers, and each month participating chapters will introduce a Room to Read South Africa storybook title to the elementary school by reading the books aloud, conducting reading activities and donating 10 copies to the school’s library. The books Room to Read is providing are developed by local South African authors and illustrators in one of the 42 languages we have published around the world and have the power to foster global citizenship for children in the United States.

The program had a soft launch in Milwaukee on November 15, 2019, and officially launched January 2, 2020 in Las Vegas during the Annual National Founders’ Day celebration with a national press conference.

Since then, the fraternity has donated books provided by Room to Read to elementary schools throughout the country and announced it is donating more than 32,000 new books to students in second through fourth grade to schools located within Kappa Alpha Psi’s 12 regions in the United States.

Brothers participate in a Room To Read event