Building Life Leaders
Who We Are
Eight Waves invests in the lives of children, youth and families who live in under- resourced communities by working together, building the healthy support systems they need to thrive, and empowering them to create lasting change in their own lives and communities.
We envision a community where every child experiences a variety of positive and encouraging opportunities. These opportunities provide a sense of belonging and allow each child the ability to achieve his or her full potential both individually and as a member of the community.
We know that encouraging a love of learning early on is key to improving mental health, well-being and literacy in America and ensuring our children's success in both school and life. That's why we offer a productive children's program to under-resourced children, families, and schools in Central Florida.
Did you know?
has the third-highest percentage of adults lacking basic literacy skills
of low-income families have no books at all in their homes for their children
of Florida's students entering 4th grade do not read proficiently
1 in 4
American children grow up not learning how to read
Americans are functionally illiterate and cannot read above a fifth-grade level
not reading at grade level by the end of the third grade are four times less likely to graduate high school–six times less likely for students from low-income families
These are some of the most important statistics from the National Institute for Literacy, National Center for Adult Literacy, The Literacy Company, and U.S. Census Bureau that underscore the critical need to address illiteracy in the United States.
The world is full of stories of blessings - someone who helped, lives impacted for the good. The world also shares stories of sadness and gloom. We have to pick which story we want to be a part of! Eight Waves began as a team of community members who picked the good story. Volunteering to bring hope, shedding some light on the hurting, and committing to changing lives.
Eight Waves started for that little girl in a classroom wearing unwashed clothes, lacking the food and supplies she needs so she can focus on her studies; the little girl who is unseen. With Eight Waves' Programs, that little girl doesn’t have to worry; she can just be a kid.
Opening our hearts for a child in need is an easy response of love. Love then returns to changed lives and a better world.
Come Lead with Us
Sign up to help a child succeed, be a reading buddy!
1st step: Fill out form below and we will have a coordinator get in touch!