The Unlocked Literacy Program

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Located on the campus of Vanderbilt University, The Unlocked Literacy Program is a literacy and leadership academy which supports 9th and 10th graders to tap into the life-transforming power of literature and apply critical thinking skills to create solutions to real world problems.

The Program Design

The Unlocked Literacy Program is designed by Eno Richardson, founder of Eno Richardson Consulting, to support students in growing their literacy skills while also gaining skills to be leaders and problem solvers in their society and community. The Unlocked Literacy Program was designed with the foundation that reading is the great equalizer. Despite a student’s race, ethnic background, or socioeconomic status, the ability to read a diverse selection of books unlocks growth and provides unimaginable opportunities and success. This program will prepare students for the demands of high school literacy and beyond by equipping them with the critical thinking skills necessary for success in their academic classes and on the ACT.

The program is designed in two components and will take place over the span of two weeks.

The Experience: Students will begin the program through experiencing a diverse selection of texts. Students will:

  • expand their literacy skills by analyzing a variety of texts
  • explore thematic concepts
  • articulate their ideas through discussions and writing
  • reinforce their ideas through book clubs
  • receive one-on-one feedback to refine literary analysis

The Application: The average CEO reads 50- 60 books a year. Books have the power to expand a person’s mind to think critically, solve problems, and make an impact. For the second component of the program, students will:

  • engage with guest speakers who have impacted the community
  • study literature to identify the qualities of strong leaders
  • apply these skills to their personal lives
  • analyze a problem or need in their community
  • create a detailed plan to provide a solution to the problem
  • receive one-on-one feedback to plan and execute

By the end of the program, each student will have a completed business plan in which they identify a problem in their community and execute a plan of action to solve the problem.

How to Apply

We encourage and accept all rising 9th and 10th graders to apply. Students will take their ACT in 11th grade and participation in this program prior to the year of their ACT, will set them up with the skills necessary to be successful on one of the most important exams of their high school career.

To apply, complete an application for your student. Students are also required to upload a personal essay before submitting the application. For any questions, please email [email protected]. We use this essay to get to know a little more about the student, so please use this opportunity to let both their personality and interests shine.

Essay Prompt: In 200-300 words, please tell us why you think the Unlocked Literacy Program would be a good fit for you. What contributions would you make to the Unlocked Literacy community, and what do you hope to get out of your experience?

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Program Costs

The tuition for the program is $235 per week. There are full and partial scholarships available for families with a need.


The schedule for the program is 9 AM to 3 PM, M-F.
The program will be held on the campus of Vanderbilt University.
All applications will receive notification of acceptance by July 8th.

The cost of the program is $235 per week. There are full and partial scholarships available for families with a need.

There are full and partial scholarships available for families with a need.

You may support by making a donation to sponsor a student or support with program resources. Donations can be made via PayPal to Eno Richardson Consulting, LLC.
Families will be responsible for bringing scholars and picking them up.
Students will receive lunch daily.

Contact us at [email protected]

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