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Success Stories

We start with America’s most precious resource, our children, as the foundation of our efforts to improve the lives and futures of families. These children, along with their parents, attend high-quality family literacy programs in local communities. We empower low-income families by offering them the chance to learn together and share their achievements in the classroom and in life.

Angelica Ibarra, Family Literacy Academy of Tampa Bay, FL

Angelica journeyed from the strawberry fields of Plant City, FL to Director of a Barbara Bush Family Literacy Academy. From migrant farm worker to college graduate, her story and passion for learning and teaching is inspiring. To read more about Angelica Ibarra, click here

Christine Adkinson, Family Literacy of Lakes Wales, FL

Christine, a young mother of four, proves how a second chance at education dramatically changes lives. Faced with the learning disabilities of two of her sons and her own lack of a high school diploma, Christine realized learning was the key to improving her family’s future. To read more about Christine Adkinson, click here.

Lester Benton, Literacy Advance of Houston, TX

Lester struggled mightily as a child with reading and writing. Academically, he was almost two years behind his peers. But, as an adult, he got a second chance and was moved to tears when he wrote his first paragraph. To read more about Lester Benton, click here.

Maria Segura, Family Literacy Academy of Immokalee, FL

Maria, a young mother once without a high school diploma and extremely limited English skills, struggled to make ends meet as a field worker hand picking vegetables. It wasn’t until her son asked to go to preschool that Maria realized she needed to get back in the classroom to give her family a better life. To read more about Maria Segura, click here.

Alfredo Coronado, Guilford County Family Literacy Academy of Greensboro, NC

A father with a powerful determination to make a better life for his family, Alfredo Coronado successfully balances a busy work life with the pursuit of literacy for his entire family. To read more about Alfredo Coronado, click here.

Theresa Navarro, Project LEARN

An individual immigrating to the United States sacrifices many things in the process of moving, but for Theresa Navarro, this process was well worth it. Her ambition to pursue the American Dream proved successful when she learned the English language, and will continue until she reaches her ultimate goals. To read more about Theresa Navarro click here.

Ciara Cummings, Evans High School Teen Trendsetter, Orlando, FL

You may be asking yourself how a senior in high school with so many extracurricular activities can have time to volunteer one hour a week to mentor a struggling reader. Ciara’s answer might surprise you. To read more about Ciara Cummings, click here.

Waisin Tam, Boynton Beach High School Teen Trendsetter, Boynton Beach, FL

Once an eight-year-old boy immigrant who came to the United States speaking no English, Waisin Tam now credits himself with the challenges he overcame in school, and his inspiration to help others through the Teen Trendsetters. To read more about Waisin Tam, click here.

Michael Chung, West Port High School Teen Trendsetter, Ocala, FL

With an intense desire to learn and discover, Michael Chung exemplifies the utmost qualities of a Teen Trendsetter. His aspirations to give back to students less educated make him not just a mentor, but an “instigator of thought.” To read more about Michael Chung, click here.

Get in Touch

You may also contact us by phone at 850.562.5300 or by mail at:
Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
516 North Adams Street • Tallahassee, Florida 32301