We commissioned evaluation experts OPM to find out how taking part in Reading Hack has made a difference to young people over the last five years.
The report found that:
- On average, 89% of young people felt that Reading Hack had made them more employable
- Around 87% of participants said that taking part in Reading Hack made them feel more confident
- Roughly 58% agreed that their involvement in Reading Hack had made them want to read more
- Nearly 82% of young people said that they felt part of a community
Reading Hack report 2015-18 full.pdf
You can read the full report from OPM here
You can read the executive summary of the report here
"I've been borrowing books from the library. I didn't really come to the library that often before I started volunteering." - Reading Hack volunteer
"When I first came, I wasn't sure if I should put on an act, or just be who I am. It's helped me feel more confident. Also the group has accepted me for who I am." - Reading Hack participant.
About Reading Hack
Reading Hack started in 2015 and is growing quickly, with more than 160 library authorities and 35 schools signed up across the UK. It offers a unique opportunity for young people to access year round volunteering, skills development and engagement.
The programme provides an adaptable model which can be used to provide a youth-friendly overarching brand for your work with 13 to 24 year-olds. It helps you encourage young people to use the library, organise activities, volunteer and inspire others to read.
To find out more about Reading Hack or to get further support, email firstname.lastname@example.org