Bold Goal Coalition

The River Region Bold Goal Coalition is a community-wide effort to increase the number of students reading proficiently by the end of the third grade.


A student’s ability to read at the end of third grade is a strong predictor of that child's future success in school and what career opportunities they will have after graduation. Third grade is when students make the leap from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” Young learners who continue to struggle after third grade more likely to struggle in middle school and high school, less likely to graduate from high school, and less likely to be college- and career-ready. For struggling readers, it is difficult to catch up after moving on from third grade, and currently, more than half of fourth grade students across the River Region are not reading proficiently, according to fourth grade reading assessments. Increasing the number of students reading successfully by the end of the third grade is vital for our River Region to thrive today and for years to come.

Percentage of 4th Grade Students NOT PROFICIENT in Reading in the River Region











The River Region Bold Goal Coalition is built on a simple premise:

Working together, rather than apart, we have a bigger, bolder impact.

Launched by River Region United Way, the Bold Goal Coalition brings together the people, organizations and projects that support children and families during the first eight years of a child's life. Bold Goal partnerships will continue to do what they do best while identifying community-based solutions to shared challenges. Together, we will tackle the root causes that keep children in our communities from reading proficiently. We will drive systematic changes to help every child succeed.


Our work is driven by five principles:


The Bold Goal Coalition brings together community leaders and groups to learn from each other, identify actionable benchmarks, and further our impact beyond what we could do on our own.


The Bold Goal Coalition links the unique missions of our partner organizations around a shared community-wide vision.


The Bold Goal Coalition shares data about our area's children and the results of our collective impact. We track milestones that will bring us closer to our Bold Goal of every child reading proficiently by the end of the third grade.


The Bold Goal Coalition will identify and provide the resources needed to support new and ongoing results-focused efforts.


The Bold Goal Coalition advocates for policy solutions and strategic public investments that drive systemic change.

To view the video of our Regional Leadership Forum where we announce the River Region Bold Goal Coalition, or for additional resources

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To learn how your organization can join the Bold Goal Coalition, please contact Ron Simmons at 334.264.7318