Many of life’s opportunities depend on one’s ability to read. A skilled workforce is the key to a successful economy, but statistics show that only half of our young people are developing the skills and knowledge they need to fill tomorrow’s jobs. The good news is that research also shows us where we can make the greatest impact: to address learning at its earliest most crucial time, prenatal to five.
We invite you to join our effort to help equip our children with the tools they need to achieve their “happily ever after.”
There are many ways to become involved, but one easy way is to become a Read Aloud 15 Minutes Partner by clicking here.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Ruth Demby received both her Bachelor of Science in English Education and Master of Social Work from the University of Georgia. She also received a Master of Divinity from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. Demby served as Chaplain and Counselor at Brenau University and as a Chaplain with Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center before entering into her current role at First Baptist Church Gainesville as an Associate Pastor of Missions and Outreach.
While coordinating the Missions and Outreach Programs at First Baptist Church, Demby developed a new outreach program called Promising Futures. Promising Futures is an afterschool and summer program that provides recreation, life skills, cultural enrichment, spirituals formation, tutoring and support in college and scholarship applications for children prekindergarten to high school. In five years, she has spearheaded the growth of this program to include 80 children and more than 50 adult and youth volunteers.
“I see this opportunity to marry my current work at First Baptist in a localized forum to create real change in the lives of children in our community. In my experiences in missions, outreach and education I have often thought to myself, ‘if I just could have reached this child just a little bit sooner,’ and Read Learn Succeed is our opportunity to do just that. I have seen firsthand that when a parent learns what kind of interactions, what kind of activities and what kind of parenting raises persevering, curious and caring children, they can raise resilient children who have a promising future.”
– Ruth Demby, Read Learn Succeed program coordinator for United Way of Hall County