Crystal Empowers Youth through Reading Centre

Crystal (with blue cap) and the rest of the MUSE volunteers

Growing up in Eldorado Park, Crystal Meyers witnessed first-hand the dire impact of poverty and felt compelled to make a difference. Given the lack of reading facilities in the area, Crystal decided to start a reading project for the youth and this project eventually grew into the MUSE Community Outreach Reading Hub.

The idea for MUSE came when she saw how engaged the kids were when her aunt read to them during aftercare. Given South Africa’s battle with illiteracy, Crystal decided that the best place to start would be to create a love of reading in the youth of Eldorado Park. She feels that reading skills are crucial for the development of children.

MUSE is in the process of turning a shipping container into a literacy centre. The container was donated by the Rotary Club of Johannesburg South 101 of which Crystal is a member.  The centre will serve as a place where children between the ages of six and 12 can be assisted with their reading and schoolwork needs.
Crystal and the rest of the MUSE volunteers also raise funds by collecting old clothing items to sell at jumble sales. The centre also received donation of equipment from communications company, Grounded Media, which include gazebos, folding tables, chairs, and stationery.

In addition to the centre, MUSE also hosts edutainment days at the Extension One soccer grounds where youngsters are able to participate in reading, writing and sounding exercises. “During these edutainment days, children have one-on-one sessions with MUSE volunteers, some of whom are teachers and retired educators, who delve into the literacy levels of the children; while other children take part in group activities in a bid to allow them to learn from their peers,” says Crystal.

If you want to find out more about MUSE, you can go to their facebook page by clicking HERE

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