For children across the world, 2020 was a year they’ll never forget. With methods of escape like school, playdates and trips canceled, the simple pleasures became harder to find. But thanks to campaigns like #escapewithabook, which helped children get access to books during lockdown, many were able to turn off their screens and get lost in a story.
The non-profit organization, Project Glimmer also got involved by turning the spotlight on those most in need, including children in foster care, with a free book initiative.
“The COVID-19 crisis of the past year has been especially devastating for foster youth,” says Sonja Hoel Perkins, Founder of Project Glimmer. “The nation’s foster care system is overwhelmed, with more children entering the system and fewer families willing to take them. Adolescent foster youth are bearing some of the worst of the pandemic’s economic and social consequences.”
In line with their mission to inspire every girl to envision and realize her empowered future, the organization started a book club featuring a curation of books from brave and inspiring women. Through the club, created specifically for girls, anyone wanting a book can receive one free of charge.
- “Alpha Girls” By Julian Guthrie
- “Pretty Good Advice” By Leslie Blodgett
- “I Am These Truths” By Sunny Houstin
- “Girl Mogul” By Tiffany Pham
- “Unapologetically Ambitious” By Shellye Archambeau
- “Undaunted. Overcoming Doubts + Doubters” By Kara Goldin
Project Glimmer works in all 50 states through partnerships with 1,000+ organizations including foster care, homeless, crisis care and youth services. Through their various programs including Gifts + Goods, Day of Empowerment and Empower Hour, and Career Coaching, the organization is committed to helping end gender and racial inequality.
To learn more on ways to get involved, visit www.projectglimmer.org.