Start Lighthouse

Entrepreneur: Rina Madhani

Founded: 2023-03-20

Start Lighthouse, a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in the Bronx, NY, is dedicated to advancing childhood literacy through a social justice lens. They achieve this through three key initiatives: Literacy Hubs, where abandoned library spaces are revitalized to serve as permanent homes for literacy programs; Literary Adventures, featuring interactive workshops led by BIPOC authors and illustrators to foster students’ love for reading and writing; and Home Libraries, providing students with diverse, free, and inclusive books each month to build their home libraries, ensuring representation in their reading materials.