The Maven’s Milestones program is the organization’s largest in terms of overall numbers served with more than 1,700 students participating at five Fort Worth elementary schools: Cesar Chavez, I.M. Terrell, Washington Heights, Woodway and Van Zandt-Guinn. The goal of the program is to increase elementary school reading levels, improve standardized test results and encourage students to become lifelong readers.
Maven's Milestones is an incentive-based reading program that rewards students with prizes for reaching each of Maven the Raven's milestones: Ascent, Afterburner, Approach and Call Sign Maven. Upon reaching the final milestone, students are awarded official “maven” certificates, recognizing them as “one who is dazzlingly skilled.” In addition, service learning teams from local universities help coordinate intermittent student engagements, where they mentor and promote the importance of strong reading habits.
Impossible Possibilities also provides key metrics to school administrators, including reading trends by gender, age and ethnicity. The organization then presents its findings to each school, providing officials with another tool to monitor student reading progress and overall reading comprehension at no cost to the school.
“The Maven’s Milestones program provides success charts so the students can track their reading progress, tangible incentives that the students can earn, motivational assemblies to inspire the students, but most importantly, mentoring from Impossible Possibilities’ staff that creates a sense of warm friendship and respect.”
Diane Best, Woodway Elementary Librarian