The Uprise Books Project – Using Challenged Books to Raise Literacy Rates

I recently received an email about The Uprise Books Project. The goal of The Uprise Books Project is to provide books to underprivileged teens. Literacy rates are linked to poverty rates and Justin Stanley and his cohorts want to get books into the hands of kids who wouldn’t normally take the time to even find out if they would enjoy reading… But we’re not talking about just any books. Uprise will distribute books on the Banned and Challenged Books list. Why? To quote the Uprise Kickstarter page:

“…we think that the idea that these texts have been banned and challenged might motivate these kids to actually read the things. A sixteen-year-old boy might not care that the Radcliffe Publishing Course called The Great Gatsby the best novel of the 20th century, but his inherent teen sense of rebellion might entice him to pick up a book challenged because of its ‘language and sexual references.’ ”

The goal is to raise $10,000 to get the project started. You can read a recent article about the project in The Portland Mercury or Justin’s interview on the Portland State University’s Impact Entrepreneurs blog to get more details. Then head over to The Uprise Books Project Kickstarter campaign page and see if there is any way you can help them out. You can even get (donated) goodies as a thank you for donating. Check out this short video from the Kickstarter campaign page (or head over and watch it there).