Our Story


Everybody Wins! DC (EW!DC) is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting children’s literacy and a love of learning through shared reading experiences with caring individuals. The U.S. Senate helped launch the Power Lunch program at Brent Elementary School in Washington, DC on March 7, 1995. During the 2013-2014 school year, EW!DC will operate programs in 36 low-income public elementary schools, enriching the lives of nearly 5,000 children in underserved communities throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area.



Mission Statement


The mission of EW!DC is to pair students with Reading Mentors to instill a love of reading and learning and foster a sense of self-esteem. The ideas behind our mission remain simple and straightforward, yet can bring about profound change in the lives of young students: expose children to literature, give them a positive role model, inspire them to read and you will make a difference in their lives. EW!DC implements three programs:



The Need


One of the most critical problems facing our country today is functional illiteracy and illiteracy is a problem that is particularly evident in our city. Read more.


Proven Results


Plain and simple our programs work. Now in its 18th year of operations, EW!DC has had a quantifiable impact on the students we serve. Students who participate in our three reading programs benefit greatly from their participation, as their reading skills and self-esteem improve. Read our Proven Results.


EW!DC is honored to have received a variety of recognition for our work: Awards.

"I love this program. It helps me get better with my reading. I learn new words with Everybody Wins!"
"I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my lunch hour!"
"My student has jumped leaps and bounds in her reading confidence."
"It's going to be great when summer's over and we can read again together."
"I came to Everybody Wins a young girl who didn't like reading and I'm leaving as a girl who loves books and everything about them."
"He told me on his last day that he wanted to go to college and read and learn math!"
"Most of all, I will remember enjoying the improvement I witnessed over the past two years!"
"I like when my reading partner reads to me and I get to learn to read when I read back to her."