African American Literacy Program (A4)

Fun and engaging afterschool and summer reading programs help K-5th grade African American students increase their opportunities for educational attainment and achievement.

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Helping Students, Engaging Families

“What I enjoyed most about springboard’s summer session is getting to read and learn alongside my family”

– Alyssa L., 4th grade FUSD student

​​In September 2017, Fresno Unified School District launched the Office of African American Academic Acceleration (A4) to identify and address the fundamental causes for the discrepancy in academic outcomes between African American students and other demographic groups.

The A4 program has served over 2,000 African American students in our reading programs since the program began. Every reading program has a family engagement component and has a 90% average participation rate. Over 85% of our students identify as either African American or African American Multiracial.

Our Impact and Accomplishments:

The elementary reading programs strengthen students’ reading skills and equip families to be effective reading coaches for their children at home.

During the 2021-2022 school year, the A4 Reading Programs served over 650 students in K-5th grades.
Proficiency increased by an average of 60% in oral reading fluency, vocabulary, letter naming, and phoneme segmentation.
Students between Summer 2020 & 2021 combined read over 50,000 books while in the 5-week programs.
Over 90% of our families participated and completed the weekly family workshops with their child(ren).

I can see that students in this program are enjoying themselves while learning to read because we are teaching and engaging them in ways that are different from what they are used to during the school year.”

 – Aaron Weaver, A4 Reading Program Teacher

“I had the opportunity to play a part in Seth’s education with his reading and understanding. Not only did he learn, but I learned how to help him. I loved the parent workshops.”
– Margaret Perry, Grandmother​, A4 Summer Reading Program

Our Programs


Summer Reading Program


Afterschool Reading Program

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