I am very passionate about literacy and believe that in this day and age, our community, at home and abroad, should no longer be plagued with the inability to read. By taking each day as a challenge to address this problem, I speak to adults about the importance of reading, read aloud to children to foster the joy reading provides and place books in the hands of those in areas with high illiteracy rates. By tutoring students I assist them with proficiency and comprehension of their studies and have also built and administered a peer group that assisted students reading below their grade level goals. Not only will changing their course give them the sense of escapism books afford, but it will also make them a stronger person. That person is able to effect change themselves. With diligent efforts and determination, we will eradicate illiteracy.