August 25, 2011 08:00 ET

United Way Partners With ePals to Improve Student Literacy in the US

ePals and United Way Combine Efforts to Reduce High School Dropout Rates in Communities Across the US With ePals eMentoring Literacy Program In2Books®

HERNDON, VA--(Marketwire - Aug 25, 2011) - Today in a national webcast, United Way Worldwide launched a partnership with ePals Corporation (TSX-V: SLN) ("ePals") an education technology company and leading safe social learning network ("SLN"), to bring In2Books, ePals' flagship eMentoring literacy program, to United Way communities throughout the United States. United Way and ePals will work together to help reduce high school dropout rates.

Facilitated through a classroom or after-school environment, In2Books is a literacy and eMentoring program that helps students in grades 3-5 become better readers by pairing them with adult mentors in a safe, online learning environment. The partnership is part of a United Way effort to recruit one million volunteer readers, tutors and mentors.

"Research shows that caring adults working with students of all ages -- from the early years through high school -- can help boost academic achievement," said Peter Hahn, vice president of national engagement for United Way. "The In2Books eMentoring program has a track record of helping children build reading, writing and critical thinking skills, while allowing even the busiest professional adults to provide meaningful literacy mentorship to students in their communities."

With In2Books, students develop motivating intellectual relationships at an early age and get authentic practice reading and writing by reading books with eMentors and sharing ideas about the important issues in the books via online letters. These skills are some of the fundamental competencies required by the Common Core State ELA Standards, a US education initiative adopted by 44 states and the District of Columbia ( as essential for preparing students to graduate from high school as well as future college education and careers.

"Engaging our nation's students early in meaningful reading and writing activities is critical to helping them excel and graduate from high school and in their future careers," said Nina Zolt, co-founder of ePals. "The In2Books program builds that engagement by creating a network of students, educators, and mentors to support student learning with collaborative experiences and thought-provoking books. Extending this program with United Way's reach across the US gives both organizations a powerful platform to support the Common Core Standards within schools and transform student learning, achievement, literacy, and educational outcomes nationwide."

To learn more about the program, or to volunteer as an In2Books eMentor, visit: or

About United Way Worldwide
United Way Worldwide is the leadership and support organization for the network of nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in 40 countries and territories. We advance the common good by focusing on improving education, helping people achieve financial stability, and promoting healthy lives, and by mobilizing millions of people to give, advocate, and volunteer to improve the conditions in which they live.

About ePals Corporation
ePals Corporation (TSX-V: SLN) is an education technology company and leading safe social learning network (SLN). Focused on the K-12 market, ePals offers primary and secondary schools, teachers, students and parents worldwide a safe and secure platform for building educational communities, providing quality digital content and facilitating collaboration for effective 21st century learning. ePals' award-winning products include: the ePals Global Community™; SchoolMail®365, LearningSpace® and In2Books®, a curriculum-based e-mentoring program that builds reading, writing and critical thinking skills. ePals customers and partners include International Baccalaureate, Microsoft Corporation, Dell, Inc., IBM Corp., National Geographic and leading school districts across the United States and globally. ePals serves approximately 700,000 educators and reaches millions of teachers, students and parents in approximately 200 countries and territories. For the ePals Global Community, visit Corporate information is available at

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Contact Information

  • For further information, please contact:

    Aric Holsinger
    Chief Financial Officer
    ePals Corporation
    Phone: (703) 885-3400

    Jacqueline Van Meter
    Senior Marketing Manager
    ePals Corporation
    Email Contact
    Phone: (703) 885-3400