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 literacy 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 the number of 3rd grade students reading at grade level 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:
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.