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Advisory Boards

The Junior League of Washington’s Literacy Advisory Board (LAB) was created in 2006 and brings together representatives from the non-profit and commercial community and members of the JLW to seek recommendations on advancing our literacy efforts in the community.

The JLW LAB has recently considered the following issues, among others, facing the Washington, DC community:
  1. What do literacy-focused organizations consider to be the top literacy issues/challenges?
  2. What would be the most effective use of funding or volunteers to impact one literacy issue?
  3. What are the unmet needs for literacy?
As a result of our discussions around these and other questions, and following the formation of a JLW Literacy Impact Task Force in 2010, the JLW has identified the following critical literacy needs in our community:
  • Lack of age-appropriate reading materials in the home,
  • Lack of exposure to reading aloud, particularly among pre-school children, and
  • Lack of classroom and library materials.
The JLW welcomes suggestions from the community about potential partners and advisors as we continue our efforts to make a positive and lasting impact on these issues.