Many of us parents of younger children have heard of MyOn, but I will admit I hadn’t really stopped to think much about the true impacts of this literacy program. My children have grown up surrounded by books. They are lucky! But so many others do not have that luxury. The MyOn platform brings over 6,000 digital texts to children with the click of a button. And Julie Cole is the woman who brings all of these magical books to our community here in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. Let’s get to know her!
1. Tell us in a few sentences what you do. And why you do it.
I coordinate a community wide literacy project in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties. The Read On myON literacy Partnership launched in February of 2012, this project has united agencies from across our community with the common purpose of improving literacy throughout Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties. The partnership includes the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, the Juvenile Welfare Board, Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative, the United Way Suncoast, BOCC Head Start, the Tampa Housing Authority, the Early Learning Coalition, The Tampa Metropolitan Area Y and the Tampa Boys and Girls Club. Over 6,000 digital texts are provided through myON Reader to all of our children from birth through eighth grade because of this successful and collaborative partnership. Our community model is continuing to grow and evolve, but our main goal remains the same: “to provide each child equitable access to these digital books in order to encourage reading, increase literacy rates and promote reading throughout the community”. I really can’t imagine doing anything else. I am fortunate to spread the JOY of reading throughout our community.
2. What is your contact info (that you want shared) please include any active social handles, websites etc.
3. When I wake up in the morning the first thing I do is…
Coffee and emails
4. My best business advice is….
Create your own opportunities, be passionate about your work and always give back! Truly – we rise by lifting others.
5. My professional goal for 2021 is…
Get more books into the hands of more kids in our community
6. Supporting women in business is now more critical than ever. How can our community best support you?
Spread the word to anyone you know that is birth – grade 8 and needs access to more books for free. www.ReadonmyON.com
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8. Favorite donut:
Anything from Plant City Hole In One Donuts. There’s nothing like a local donut shop!
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12. When I practice self-care I…
…find time to connect with friends.
13. The place I am happiest is…
…the beach. Sunset Beach, Treasure Island.
14. People are surprised to learn I…
…have worked with my husband for 21 years. It is an amazing partnership that I would have never foreseen but I am so thankful for.