One In An ARMY is proud to announce the November 2020 campaign Lit With ARMY to support Literacy for Incarcerated Teens! The donation period officially began at 10:00 pm KST on November 1st, 2020. Donations will aid Literacy for Incarcerated Teens work towards ending illiteracy among New York’s incarcerated young people. Everything listed in steps 4-6 under our individual giving instructions is optional, but extremely helpful for us to track donation amounts as we have no other way to see how much ARMY has donated (see our FAQ for a full explanation). Our hashtag for the month is #LitWithARMY. The minimum donation amount $1.00 USD.
How To Donate
Step 1) Visit Literacy for Incarcerated Teens website.
Step 2) Scroll to the bottom of the page, click Donate Now, and select PayPal or debit/credit. Make sure you add BTS ARMY to the notes - this is the only way Literacy for Incarcerated Teens can track your donation!
Step 3) Donate $1.00 USD or more.
Step 4) Take a screenshot of your donation watermark with your twitter @. Please make sure donation amount is VISIBLE but strike out any personal information (see example screenshot below).
Step 5) Submit this form. The form is especially important now. Due to COVID-19 many non-profits are overwhelmed and might not be able to track donations for us like they normally do.
About Literacy for Incarcerated Teens
From Literacy for Incarcerated Teens' website:
Literacy for Incarcerated Teens, Inc. (LIT) is the only non-profit organization of its kind working to end illiteracy among New York’s incarcerated young people by inspiring them to read.
Illiteracy and a lack of interest in reading are among the unmet needs of detained and incarcerated youth.
There is a link between engaging young people in meaningful activities, particularly those aimed at helping to shape young people’s identities and outlooks, and their ability to desist from crime. Reading and the practice of literacy—which include access to a library and library services—is a direct way in which young people can begin to focus their identities and outlooks more positively.
The New York City Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) receives over 7,000 young people between the ages of 8 and 16 into its custody annually. DJJ reports that 96% of these young people read two or more years below grade level. OCFS serves approximately 1,800 young people each year, and over 60 per cent of them are assessed below grade level in reading when they enter custody.
In addition to these systemic issues, school libraries throughout New York City are woefully underfunded. LIT makes it possible for school libraries serving New York’s detained and incarcerated youth to acquire new books and other library media at a rate three times greater than that of school library allocations received from State and City funding.
Visit their website to learn more about this great organization!
Through their programs, LIT makes it possible for incarcerated youth to access library material at a 3x rate compared to school library allocations received from State and City funding.
Your donation will help them continue with their program for providing educational material and for continuing the workshops!