City: Upper Queensbury
Summary - Brianna is donating books to children so they can have books in their own homes.
Brianna Jack (14, Upper Queensbury, Canada) has always loved reading. She’s enjoyed reading so much that she wanted to share it with other children. At just seven years old she started hosting a weekly story time at her public library. A few years later, she learned that 60% of the children in North America do not have books in their homes and she wanted to be a part of creating a solution. At nine years old, Brianna started her own nonprofit organization called Maine Books for Maine Kids to encourage children to develop a love of reading and have access to books. Three years ago, Brianna moved from the United States to Canada, but that didn’t stop her mission. Instead of quitting, Brianna began helping youth in Canada by creating a second organization, Brianna’s Bookworms.
Brianna has now donated books in both the United States and Canada. She has held over 150 story time sessions and donated over 8,000 books. She does not plan to stop there; her goal is to donate books to kids all over the world to ensure that all children have access to age-appropriate reading materials in their homes. Regardless of country of origin, Brianna feels inspired to help all children.
Brianna has held several book drives to involve others in her organization’s mission. Instead of throwing out gently used books, people in both the United States and Canada have been able to donate their books to Brianna so she can make sure they get into the hands of the children that need them most. Over the past five years, she has impacted many children’s lives by providing them the opportunity to read at home every day. Her passion and drive has given so many kids access to one of life’s most important skills: reading.
Experts 1Katie Zach Goldman, Lead Evaluator Katie Reusch, Partnerships Expert
Experts 2Carla Friedman, Youth Expert