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JUDITH’S AWARD – 2021 Freedom Through Literacy

Judith’s Award – $1,500

Joicki Floyd – “Y.O.U.T.H. (You Open Up Then Heal)”
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY

With her philosophy of “reading is fun-to-da-mental(fundamental),” Ms. Joicki Floyd began her Y.O.U.T.H. programto enable students in finding motivation, positivity, and a love ofreading in the face of difficulty. Y.O.U.T.H. works with students who may not see themselves asreaders and uses strategies like Socratic Seminars, discussionpanels with city officials, and open mics, to spark change in their mindsets. A crucial element is Joicki’s engagement with thecommunity; to her, seeing your neighbor or local store ownerwith a book in hand is as important as working directly withstudents. If everyone is a reader, it’s easy to join the club. We warmly recognize Joicki as winner of the 2021 Judith’sAward for her investment in building a culture of support andreading in her community.

“If you build libraries in the hearts of the youth, you will empower them with points of reference that may change the trajectory of their lives.”– Joicki Floyd