As a member of the ALSC Liaison with National Organizations Serving Children and Youth Committee, I am writing to tell you about two organizations of possible interest to ALSC members:
1. The National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI). NBCDI’s mission is to improve and advance the quality of life for Black children and their families through advocacy and education. They feature a number of educational initiatives. Of particular interest to ALSC members is the Love to Read program. Love to Read is NBCDI’s national early literacy public education initiative designed to help parents and other caregivers improve African American children’s academic performance. It is targeted toward parents and caregivers of children ages 0 through 6. Visit the NBCDI website (http://www.nbcdi.org/) to learn more.
2. The ASPIRA Association. ASPIRA is the only national organization dedicated exclusively to developing the educational and leadership capacity of Latino/Hispanic youth. Since 1961, ASPIRA has been working to provide programs that encourage Latino/Hispanic students to stay in school, prepare them to succeed in the educational arena, develop their leadership skills, and serve their community. Visit their website (http://www.aspira.org/) to learn more about their programs and services.
Denise E. Agosto, Ph.D.
College of Information Science & Technology
3141 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 109104