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History

1999:Three community leaders, Mary Wright Shaw, Molly McCrory, and Jean Bacigalupi launched a one-on-one tutoring program to help children who had fallen behind in reading at Belle Haven Community School in Menlo Park, CA in the Silicon Valley

Yes reading logo2001: Our three founders recruited a dedicated group of volunteers to tutor students ata local elementary school—these volunteers quickly recognized the powerful effect of one-on-one attention and in 2001 YES Reading was incorporated as a 501(c)(3)

2004: YES Reading hires first full-time executive directorand expands to second school site at Selby Lane Elementary in Redwood City

2007: Program expands to serve schools in the Oakland/East Bay area

2008: YES Reading expands to serve San Francisco schools

2008: YES Reading renamed as èAV200 px Square logo

2008: èAV expands to Los Angeles, CA

2010: èAV awarded first AmeriCorpsԳ

2010: èAV expands to Washington, DC, our first expansion outside of CA

2011: èAV expands to New York City

2011: èAV selected as Social Innovation Fund recipient

2012: èAV expands to Baltimore, MD, Dallas, TX (January), and toDenver, CO (August)

2013: èAV expands to Tulsa, OK and Charleston, SC

2014: MDRC randomized control trial proves èAV is an effective intervention

2014: èAV expands to serve students in Seattle, WA

2015: èAV expands to serve students in Twin Cities, MN, Charlotte, NC

2017:APA, a leading national education research firm, found that students served by èAV (particularly English Language Learners) showed significantly greater improvement in their literacy skills than comparison students not served by the program

2017:èAV is recognizedas abest practice honoreeby the Library of Congress

2018:èAV adopts a new strategic plan

2019:èAV celebrates20 years of impactand introduces a new logo

2020: èAV quickly adapts to the widespread disrupted learning caused by COVID-19, successfully developing and implementing an innovative online tutoring platform called èAV Connects

2022: èAV starts building program licensing and training partnerships with other nonprofits and organizations in an effort to reach even more students and communities.

2024: èAV has delivered nearly 3 million tutoring sessions to students since 1999

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