The significant gap in literacy and reading between white students and students of color has roots in the income disparities between races. Statistics from Reading is Fundamental indicates that 50 percent of African-American, 47 percent of Hispanic and 49 percent of American Indian fourth graders score below the basic reading level.
Most often, African Americans and other communities of color lack viable resources and information on how to improve literacy, eating habits and leadership skills. In an effort to narrow these gaps, California State University, Northridge will host its third annual Black Youth Guidance Forum to discuss how to improve eating habits and community wellness, and create a literacy imperative for people of color.
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