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114: Scaling Literacy By Reinventing Education with Wendell Byrd

114: Scaling Literacy By Reinventing Education with Wendell Byrd

Update: 2022-12-291


Wendell Byrd is a former teacher, legendary basketball coach, and education entrepreneur who has dedicated his career to helping young people be more literate. He’s the founder of Readers Are Leaders, a non-profit that has helped over 35,000 at-risk youth all over the country improve their reading.


Their innovative program also helps student-athletes become role models and coaches for their younger peers. They learn patience, encouragement, and enthusiasm as they help struggling students from low-income families become more positive, engaged, and capable students ready to take on life’s challenges.


Wendell learned the importance of having mentors from an early age. As a child, he struggled to read. But he had people around him that believed in him and pushed him forward. He now repays them by doing the same for others.


By earning the trust of both educational institutions and students, he’s been able to scale his organization to dozens of schools. Readers are Leaders started as a pilot project in a couple of cities. Today, they’re in more than 38 schools across the country.


Most importantly, the students they work with not only improve their reading and earn a shot at a better life, but they also grow into model citizens and mentors in their communities who know how to bring the best out of themselves and their peers.


In our conversation, we discuss the importance of following your calling to build a lasting legacy, what sets great mentors apart from good ones, and how Wendell scaled by building a powerhouse team with a shared vision.

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114: Scaling Literacy By Reinventing Education with Wendell Byrd

114: Scaling Literacy By Reinventing Education with Wendell Byrd