How a Volunteer Literacy Project Aims to End Violence… One Book at a Time Brooklyn Reader August 20, 2014 By Brooklyn Reader August 20, 2014, 1:10 pm Little Sun People Day Campers take part in the Youth Volunteer Literacy Development Project“Literacy prevents violence,” said Betty Davis, a retired educator and Crown Heights resident. “What it boils down to is, most people who commit violence have no hope. Reading develops a person inside so that they have a vision of themselves as something other than hopeless.”Betty Davis, Education Committee Coordinator and Co-founder of The Youth Volunteer Literacy Development ProjectDavis, who has a master’s degree in library science and has worked for many years as a principal in the New York city public schools, said that underlying concept—that literacy prevents violence—is the reason why, when Bed-Stuy resident Arlena Adams, approached Community Board 8 with the idea to form a youth literacy program, immediately, she was on board. Read More: | 1 | 2 | 3 | ... | Next → | Last Want to write for us? We're looking for interns and experienced writers! Go here for more information. 3 Responses Sheila Hamanaka August 21, 2014 Fantastic program! Reply Tammy Hall August 22, 2014 Thank you for the coverage of the literacy project. I only have one correction. The story I told called “The Boy Who Turned Into a Cat” was a folktale from South Africa. Thanks. Reply Brooklyn Reader August 22, 2014 Hi Tammy, I will make that correction! That would explain your South African accent during the telling! 🙂 Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Current [email protected]* Leave this field empty Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.