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Hoot Reading, in Partnership with BGC Canada, Celebrate Successful Raising Readers Program

Hoot Reading and BGC Canada's partnership provided 500+ at-home students with 3,000 hours of personalized 1:1 reading lessons in 2023. Supported by TD Canada, the Raising Readers program achieved remarkable success, impacting over 1,500 students across 29 BGC Clubs nationwide.

Hoot Reading and BGC Canada celebrate their partnership’s most recent program, which supported over 500 BGC Canada at-home students through 3,000 hours of live, 1:1 reading lessons. Through assessment-informed instruction, students taking part in the Fall and Winter cohorts mastered key foundational skills for successful reading, specifically strengthening proficiency in word reading and decoding. 

Through funding from TD Canada, Hoot Reading partnered with BGC Canada to expand the Raising Readers program. This program was implemented to support vulnerable communities as they recover and rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic through high-quality virtual programming, providing students with evidence-based literacy instruction. Since its launch in Spring 2021, the Raising Readers program has expanded to over 29 BGC Clubs across Canada. This partnership has provided over 20,000 1:1 reading lessons to students and impacted over 1,500 students across the numerous programming cycles.

"We're thrilled to witness the impact of our Raising Readers program in partnership with BGC Canada,” said Maya Kotecha, co-CEO and Co-Founder of Hoot Reading. “We are so grateful for the support provided by TD Canada, which allows this collaboration to transform childhood literacy and make a lasting difference in the lives of young learners nationwide."

“At BGC Canada, we are proud to support children with vital, evidence-based literacy instruction," said Rachael MacKenzie-Neill, Vice-President, Development & Public Affairs at BCG Canada. "Partnerships like this allow us to make a positive impact on the lives of children in so many of our communities."

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About BGC Canada

For 120+ years, BGC Canada (formerly Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada) has been creating opportunities for millions of Canadian kids and teens. As Canada’s largest child and youth-serving charitable and community services organization, our Clubs open their doors to young people of all ages and their families at 635 locations nationwide. During out-of-school hours in small and large cities, and rural and Indigenous communities, our trained staff and volunteers provide programs and services that help young people realize positive outcomes in self-expression, academics, healthy living, physical activity, job readiness, mental wellness, social development, leadership, and more. Opportunity changes everything. Learn more at and follow us on social media @BGCCAN.

About Hoot Reading

Hoot Reading is the leading online tutoring service providing 1:1, evidence-based literacy instruction with qualified teachers. Incubated on a research project at the Nokia Research Lab with Sesame Workshop (the creators of Sesame Street) and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, Hoot Reading partners with school districts across North America to change children’s lives through literacy. 

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