Support NAU Occupational Therapy student research and professional development
NAU Occupational Therapy (OT) doctorate students are working in partnership with KITABU BooksNBarbershops, a community-based literacy program founded by the Arizona Center for African American Children (AZCAAC), to research and improve literacy in African American children.
The OT students need your support to purchase culturally significant books for school-age children. These books will be placed in community barbershops and beauty shops. This community partnership creates an opportunity that allows students to address an important issue while learning skills required for program development. During this project, students will help create and implement educational resources, including developing media content, infographics, and parent educational information for Kitabu BooksNBarbershops.
More about our community partner KITABU BOOKSNBARBERSHOPS
KITABU is the Swahili word for “book,” but in a broader context, it means a bound collection of words and/or pictures to represent knowledge.
African American children, brought by their parents for haircuts and hairdressing, spend hours with no reading materials appropriate for their age levels. AZCAAC and KITABU launched their BooksNBarbershops program in 2018 to encourage parents to read books to their kids as they got haircuts, and if they did not finish the book, they could take it home.
The literacy gap between African American children and other children in Arizona is at a crisis level. KITABU was created to help narrow this gap by creating opportunities for children to improve their reading skills and by training adult readers to help them read in safe places to learn.
Your support will directly impact the goal of improving literacy among African American children in Arizona.
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A gift at this level with support NAU students in their purchase of one bookshelf to be located at one barbershop, promoting literacy among African American children in Arizona.