Love Letters for Literacy

A Peacemaking Project by Jordan G.

What is the injustice we are solving?

Love Letters for Literacy seeks to promote childhood literacy by enabling children to have fun while learning the letters of the alphabet.

Our Compassionate Solution:

To solve this injustice of Educational Inequality
we will address Childhood Literacy
by teaching children to learn their letters of the alphabet in a fun and engaging way!

Our Project Plan:


  • To engage families in the process of teaching their children the letters of the alphabet and how to read.
  • To recruit volunteers across the country to join us by creating Love Letters for Literacy packets to distribute in under-served communities.
  • To spread Love Letters for Literacy across the country, and even the world!

We will increase my / our compassion by...

To overcome the disparity among pre school children learning the building blocks to read, we will address the lack of educational resources that underserved children possess by providing them with handmade colorful and fun literacy packets. I will increase my compassion by seeking feedback from the teachers and families with young children to understand their obstacles to promoting literacy in underserved communities. I will discuss with the teachers how they think I can better connect with families so that they can play these educational games with their children at home.

How will you show courage?

I will show courage by managing groups of volunteers of all ages, including adults, to work with me to create the packets and visit schools to implement this project. I will also show courage by speaking to groups of children to teach them about my project.

How will you collaborate with others?

I will collaborate with others in many ways: 1. I will work with volunteers of all ages to create the packets, including children, teens, college students, adults, and the special needs community. 2. I will work with volunteers from service organizations to play Love Letters for Literacy games with under-served children. 3. I will collaborate with principals and administrators from schools and libraries where I will bring my project. 4. I will also collaborate with Bags of Books ( to provide a bag full of books to children who receive my Love Letters for Literacy packets. 5. I will also collaborate with a non-profit which operates abroad in Bosnia and wants to bring this project to orphans in that country.

How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)

I will know I am moving in the right direction when I: 1. obtain feedback from the students that they enjoyed the presentation and were excited to take home the packets to share with their families. 2. hear from teachers and administrators that the students and families used the packets and it helped them learn to read. 3. am invited back to schools to work with more children.

Key Steps

  • I already created a website,
  • I already have an active Facebook page . LoveLettersLiteracyProject
  • I will continue to recruit more volunteers across the country to make Love Letters packets. We are currently operating in several states and have run a program in Fiji as well.
  • I will continue to find schools who would like me to bring Love Letters to their students.
  • I will continue to work with libraries and schools to create family literacy events.


Fish S. Peace First Staff
13 April 2018 23:06

Jordan, thanks for posting your project! I'm glad you're working to improve educational equity. My name is Fish and I'm a member of the Peace First team. Fun fact...I studied to be a Kindergarten teacher! So literacy issues are really important (and exciting!) to me :)

As part of this process, the Peace First team will give you feedback at different stages of your project -- and I wanted to drop by to give some feedback on your compassionate insight! I think your insight is a really good start. Educational Inequality is a serious injustice, and childhood literacy is definitely a root cause. (I love that you cite Hart & Risley's research about the word gap on your site!) I'd encourage you to go another layer deeper -- what are some of the root causes of the literacy gap? Having conversations with folks who study this issue could help you come up with some great insights here.

I'm most interested in the last part of your insight. How did you choose to focus on teaching the letters of the alphabet? It seems from your site like you've been working with folks at a local university to design your curriculum -- I'd love to learn more about those conversations! What have they suggested about how to give kids a good foundation for literacy?

Really interested to hear your thoughts on this. I'm inspired by your commitment to educational equity -- and how hard you work to make reading a joyful act! How can we help with your project?  

Amani A. Peace First Staff
11 April 2018 11:27

Thanks for sharing your project with us, Jordan.

I would strongly encourage you to spend some time working on understanding the issue that you are trying to solve and the root causes of this issue. It would be useful to talk to other people in your community and try to understand their perspective of this issue or other people who are trying to solve the same issue or/and people who are already working to solve this. This will enrich your project in lots of ways! Also, use the problem and solution tree to discover the root causes and consequences of your chosen injustice and it will guide you to more solutions. Here are some resources on how to do that:

Please make sure to re-write your project goal by using our SMART tool here:

Also, please make sure to fill the "We will increase my / our compassion by..." section.

I noticed that you requested a mini-grant, but I would encourage you to work more on your project. Please leave us a comment or send us an email once you do the changes.

Thanks again for sharing your project with Peace First members, and we are looking forward to your next steps of the project!

Please let us know if you need any help with this!  

Adrian B. Peace First Staff
5 April 2018 15:25

Hi Jordan,

We wanted to let you know that we are extending the deadline for active projects to apply for a Mini-Grant during this Peace First Challenge to April 15th. You can apply for a mini-grant anytime, but meeting the Challenge deadlines will make you eligible for additional opportunities.

If you do not require a mini-grant to complete your project, you can remain eligible by completing your project and Reflection before the May 31st deadline! If you submit your project plan by April 15th, we'll be sure to provide you with feedback by April 21st to support you with carrying out the plan.

If you are still in early stages of planning, you are also welcome to apply for a mini-grant at a later date -- although you may not be eligible for some of our larger opportunities, the opportunity for funding and support is always there.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and if we can help in any way!


RaulPF C. Peace First Staff
2 March 2018 16:07

Hi, Jordan!
Thanks so much for posting your project!
It sounds like a very creative way to promote literacy.
It would be great if you used our toolkit to help you refine the injustice you want to work on so that you can come up with a compassionate insight that will help you put a plan together. You can find the toolkit here:
We look forward to hearing more from you and to seeing how we can help you!

Fish S. Peace First Staff
3 April 2019 7:40

Hey Jordan! This is Fish. I've approved your Plan - you're ready to go.

I know you've been running LLL for a long time, and it sounds like you have your model of family literacy events and school partnerships down. Still, let us know how we can help.

I'm curious how you're tracking your impact thus far. Do you have evaluations that you use - or could you use data from students' classrooms - to identify the measurable impact your curriculum is having? Literacy is an important issue with so many people working on it -- you want to be able to show that your strategy works!

Here's a tool from Peace First Fellow Ryan, who runs an awesome literacy program, on building evaluations and tracking progress:

Really excited to see what you build. Let us know how we can help you!  

Fish S. Peace First Staff
13 April 2019 20:30

Hey Jordan! I noticed you hadn't submitted your mini-grant application yet and wanted to check in. We really believe on what you're working on, we think your plan is great, and we're ready to support it with a grant of up to $250 -- so send in your mini-grant application as soon as you can!  

Jordan G.
14 April 2019 15:22

Thank you so much for all of your support! We are thrilled with the recent expansion of Love Letters for Literacy. We will be visiting several more countries this summer including Armenia, Croatia, Bulgaria, and Kosovo - adding to the work we have already done in Fiji, Canada and Bosnia! We also recently formed partnerships with students on several college campuses in various states around the country. We would love to apply for the mini-grant but would like some guidance on how to do that. Thanks again for your encouragement!  

Andrea C. Peace First Staff
16 April 2019 9:21

Hi Jordan,

All you have to do is to visit your dashboard here

Once you see your dashboard, scroll down until you find Phase 3: Make a Plan, and click the step "Apply for a Mini-Grant."

You need to answer the questions below the text "Please answer the following questions to confirm your eligibility to apply for a mini-grant:" and click the blue button "Submit Plan"

Please let me know if you have additional questions. I am here to help!