Tamela Todd founded Brown Girls Read in March of this year. The organization is a book club and mentoring program that aims to increase adolescent literacy and empower young girls ages 7 to 15 in the community.
The program provides age and grade level appropriate workshops that are engaging and educational. The groups are as follows:
Group Yellow; ages 7-9
Group Orange; ages 10-12
Group Green; ages 13-15
There are currently 10 members enrolled in the program. Some of the topics that they are learning about include anti-bullying, essay writing, tips for applying to college and money management.
The mother of two fears that today’s children lack the tools needed to effectively communicate with one another. Todd said, “As technology continues to evolve, it has the ability to decrease the amount of face-to-face interaction.” She believes that human interaction and literacy are key. “Human interaction helps us build and maintain relationships. Literacy helps us develop the skills to effectively navigate through life,” said Todd.
Starting September 17, 2016, Brown Girls Read will be operating out of the Northwest Activity Center located on Detroit’s westside at 18100 Meyers Rd, Detroit, MI 48235.