Our 2022-2023 Get Comfortable campaign launches on February 8th! Click here to learn more.

“We very often fail to think as carefully about helping others as we could, mistakenly believing
that applying data and rationality to a charitable endeavor
robs the act of virtue.”
-William MacAskill, Doing Good Better


Starting With Why

 

3rd grade is when students go from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn.’

3rd grade is when students go from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn.’

In 2021, only 20% of Clarke County 3rd graders are reading at grade level.

In 2021, only 20% of Clarke County 3rd graders are reading at grade level.

2/3 of American 4th graders who read under grade level end up in jail or on welfare.

2/3 of American 4th graders who read under grade level end up in jail or on welfare.

Childhood poverty in Athens-Clarke County has recently surpassed 40%.

Childhood poverty in Athens-Clarke County has recently surpassed 40%.

Program Overview

Get Comfortable works to channel the generosity of many toward our city’s greatest needs. From 2022 until 2027, the program focus—as identified by local leadership, focus groups, and datasets—will be youth development, generally, and 3rd grade reading proficiency within the Clarke County School District (CCSD), specifically.

Literacy is more than just an educational issue. Studies show that the prevalence of early literacy has either positive or negative long-term effects: contributing to increased employment and economic development on the one hand, or predictive of poverty and incarceration on the other.

Therefore, for the next 5 years Get Comfortable is committed to increasing 3rd grade reading proficiency within CCSD schools from 20% to 60%.

For 2022-2023, all 3 intervention efforts will be directed to the neighborhoods feeding into H.B. Stroud Elementary—with the aim of achieving a proof of concept that we subsequently intend to roll out community-wide:

  1. Mobilizing volunteer support for 1:1 student instruction.
  2. Distributing high-interest, diverse books.
  3. Promoting intergenerational literacy.

Prep, Pilot, Program

The process of selecting both a new impact area and specific measures of success has included a preparatory year (2021), to be followed by a pilot year (2022-2023) which, if successful, will lead to 4 years of sustained intervention programming and partnerships.

The hyperlinked infographic below highlights both the process and the local leadership who helped prepare Get Comfortable for its pilot year.


2022 Calendar

The 2022-2023 Request For Proposals (RFP) closed on December 20, 2021. The pilot year will launch on February 8, 2022 at our downtown taproom

Businesses interested in locking arms, or learning more, should click here. Contact [email protected] if you have any questions, or wish to get involved.