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Spotlight on Charity – Literacy Pros of Jacksonville

Deercreek Women’s Alliance Supports Blue4Books

 The Deercreek Women’s Alliance recently selected Literacy Pros of Jacksonville, Inc. as a recipient of support. One of the initiatives is Blue4Books, a collaborative reading program initiated in partnership with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the Jacksonville Public Library.

Launched earlier this year, Blue4Books provides youth interactions with public safety officials in nonemergency settings while promoting literacy. Blue4Books is providing youth an encounter with public safety officials as a resource for public good. The program’s mission is to empower youth to recognize that reading can open opportunities for a successful future. The program was developed based on indicators from citywide research and expertise from various community agencies was considered in the development.

Blue4Books was conceptualized by Janice Gendreau, Vice-President of Literacy Pros of Jacksonville. Gendreau was inspired to help children learn to interact with JSO and other uniformed professionals in nonthreatening settings. “Our youth should view public safety officers as real people – moms or dads with dogs and children who fish, ride bikes, and read books”, said Gendreau. “We want children to feel safe and learn to share their fears or concerns when they need help and reading with them is an activity that allows them to get to know officers as helpful”, she added.

Literacy Pros of Jacksonville was founded in 2003 by a local group of dedicated literacy volunteers. They are an affiliate of ProLiteracy America. The organization’s mission is to train individuals to effectively teach basic literacy skills and to prepare interested tutors to become Certified Trainers. They are a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), dedicated to eradicating illiteracy and work closely with the JSO and the short-term inmate population in addition to their other ongoing programs.

For more information you can contact Literacy Pros at 904-210-6677 or find them on FaceBook (Literacy Pros of Jacksonville) or email at

Submitted By: Susan Kaniut, Secretary/Treasurer

Literacy Pros of Jacksonville