UPS uplifts Indigenous stories with the help of Chapter One

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What’s new: UPS has teamed up with Chapter One – a nonprofit that helps children learn to read through personalized tutoring. They offer a free digital library showcasing diverse stories that foster a love for reading.   

As part of The UPS Foundation’s mission to support Indigenous communities and in recognition of Canada’s National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, we’re sponsoring the creation of two Chapter One books. A Turtle Journey with Liz and Nuggie and The Cedar Chest tell the stories of Indigenous people in their language and are written and illustrated by Indigenous people.

The power of stories: Data shows that students participating in tutoring programs are over two times more likely to reach grade-level reading proficiency. During the past year, 1,400 children in Canada have participated in the Chapter One tutoring program!

“We see the words in context and hear them spoken by people of the language, making this experience truly authentic,” said Whilna Stewart-Franklin, community relations manager for The UPS Foundation in Canada.

A real impact: “To me, this isn’t just a literacy program but a program that gives children pride and hope,” said UPS hub supervisor and tutoring volunteer Frank Lockhart. “It encourages them to do more and be better.”

Native American Heritage Month is a time to honor the traditions, culture and contributions of Indigenous people. Last year alone, The UPS Foundation invested more than half a million dollars in organizations supporting Native American and Indigenous communities globally such as Green Iglu and Innovations for Learning Canada.  

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