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WePAC's mission is to promote childhood literacy by engaging volunteers in Philadelphia public schools through re-opening and staffing libraries, academic mentoring, and after-school enrichment.
In our vision, every Philadelphia student will be empowered with the literacy skills vital to the success of the child and the prosperity of our community.
WePAC serves vibrant, historically-important, multi-racial communities in West Philadelphia, home to major universities and cultural institutions. Many neighborhoods served by WePAC suffer from high poverty rates: More than 20% of families live below the poverty line, more than 30% of female-headed households live below the poverty line, and 35% of children below the age of 18 live in poverty. Median family income is below $20,000 per year. Approximately 90% of children qualify for free lunch.
Open Books Open Minds renovates school library spaces, collects and donates books, and provides trained volunteers to staff and run the libraries. Our volunteers help students select and check out books, conduct literacy-related activities, guide research, and read to students. WePAC encourages curiosity and seeks to foster a life-long love of reading.
During its first year (2009-10), Open Books Open Minds opened four closed libraries, staffed two more which had limited hours, catalogued and donated more than 25,000 books, and circulated 2,500 books per month to students.