Steph and Ayesha Curry Advance Efforts to Empower Youth Through Literature


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gformer State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and his wife Aisha lead their efforts to increase equity in education. KPIX-TV reported that the power couple unveiled plans to create libraries in underserved communities in Oakland.

The project, dubbed Little Town Libraries, is led by their non-profit organization The Eat. To learn. Player. Foundation. Launched in 2019, the organization creates initiatives that sit at the intersection of education, health, and wellness to improve the lives of young people and their families in the Bay Area and beyond. As part of the new effort, the Currys are partnering with neighborhood book exchange association Little Free Library to build libraries in communities like Fruitvale, West and East Oakland, and Chinatown. Steph and Ayesha hope to distribute more than 50,000 free books through the cultivation of 150 libraries.

They say tackling the growing literacy gap starts with making sure literature is accessible. “We want to encourage children to read by making it accessible, fun and inspiring,” they shared in a statement, according to the outlet. “We hope these free book-sharing libraries will help plant the seeds needed to continue to grow a culture of literacy for the next generation in Oakland.” Organizations like the Black Cultural Zone, the Oakland Public Library, and the Oakland Literacy Coalition will run the libraries.

The Little Town Libraries project comes months after it converted a school bus into a learning center where children in inner-city Oakland could improve their reading skills, play sports and receive fresh meals. In 2020, they donated thousands of books to students in the Oakland Unified Schools District. Efforts like those led by the Currys are necessary because research shows that children in Oakland’s black and brown communities are disproportionately affected by the literacy crisis.

Several power couples emphasize youth empowerment. nfl player Russell Wilson and his singing wife Ciara founded the Why Not You Foundation to advance education and health initiatives for children.

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Steph and Ayesha Curry Launch Youth Literacy Project originally appeared on newsone.com

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