BOSTON, MA , December 17, 2009 — Everybody Wins! USA, a nationally recognized literacy and mentoring organization, has been awarded a three-year, $250,000 grant from the University of Phoenix. The grant will expand educational opportunities for low-income youth and create more literacy-related volunteer opportunities for University of Phoenix campuses by replicating the successful Everybody Wins! Power Lunch program to three cities where University of Phoenix has campuses, including Phoenix, Arizona.

"Everybody Wins! USA is thrilled to partner with the University of Phoenix to bring the joy of books and reading to more low-income children around the country," said Rich Greif, the National Executive Director of Everybody Wins! USA. "Several University of Phoenix campuses are already volunteering with our local affiliates and we look forward to creating more volunteer opportunities for University of Phoenix campuses around the country."

"We are honored to be working with Everybody Wins! USA," said Ayla Dickey, the University Vice President for Public Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility and the President of its Foundation. "Providing funding and resources to organizations that improve academic achievement, particularly at an early age, is a key part of our Foundation's mission and the Everybody Wins! project is set up and aimed towards meeting these important goals."

About Everybody Wins! USA

Everybody Wins! USA strives to build the skills for and a love of reading among low-income elementary students and was recently cited by the White House as an "innovative and successful community solution." Through its signature program, Power Lunch, Everybody Wins! brings volunteer mentors into schools for weekly one-on-one, read-aloud sessions, increasing children's opportunities for academic and real-world success. Everybody Wins! currently serves nearly 20,000 children and adults through affiliates and partners in 16 states and Washington, DC. For more information, please visit


University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Through flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning, students achieve personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. As of August 31, 2009, 443,000 students were enrolled at University of Phoenix, the largest private university in North America. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world.