The mission of “I See Me, Inc.” is to dismantle the “School-to-Prison Pipeline” by increasing the literacy rates in children of color by engaging them in literature that reflects their culture and mirrors their image.
Our vision is to have every student of color reading at or beyond their grade level.
Plan of Action
Real Men Read
Real Men Read brings men from throughout the community into schools to read to male students in a spectacular one-day event. It promotes a positive educational image to students and allows them to engage with successful male role models through books and reading
Just Us Girls
Just Us Girls uses literature to stimulate and engage important conversations among young women of color. The literature and activities are connected in a way that allow these young women to view themselves as empowered, confident and valued.
I See Me Book Drive
The I See Me Book Drive promotes the vital connection between the proverbial “village” and its students through the donation of books featuring characters reflecting the culture of students of color. Knowing how to read makes people safer, healthier and more self-sufficient. This investment in our children will surely reap a return for the entire community.
1st Library ensures every child in need has books in their home by helping them create their first home library. Using books donated to the “I See Me Book Drive” and shelves built and donated by a local DIY store, the program builds early readers into lifelong learners—and encourages other family members to read as well.
Through partnership with local licensed barbers, “I See Me, Inc.” offer students from local elementary schools a chance to EARN free haircuts by simply reading. “Crown Me”, named after the children’s book “Crown” by Derrick Barnes, is an effort to motivate as well as attach a masculine sense to reading to male students. Each student that is involved will receive a free book at the beginning of each month. Once a month, students will share their reading mastery with the barber in an attempt be “crowned” with a free haircut to celebrate their success.
Why We Do It?
Literacy levels have been shown to have a direct correlation with each person's success or likelihood that they will become involve in the criminal justice system
Meet The Founder
Devon Frazier never had a “Plan B”. She wanted to become an educator ever since the first grade. She desired to help children while leaving an impression on their lives. Once becoming a teacher, Devon learned of the connection between literacy and the “school - to -prison pipeline”. So, working primarily with children of color and understanding this vital link, she decided to take action by creating programs that emphasized reading and ensuring children had books to read at home to read. Seventeen years into her career as an educator, Devon elevated her passion and founded “I See Me, Inc.”. Its mission is to ensure that literacy is not a stumbling block for children of color in their quest for success.
Board of Directors
Vice President at BancorpSouth
Jefferson County Schools
Bessemer City Schools
Dr. Ann Dominick
Professor at UAB
Greater Birmingham Math Project
Attorney/ Campaign Strategist
Dr. Quinton Ross
President of Alabama State University
Dr. Autumm Jeter
Bessemer City Schools
President of Citizen Trust Bank
Zarzaur, Mujumdar and Debrosse Law Firm
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“We Read Wednesdays”
Mei Mei Sun, activist and student at the
University of Southern California
reads Ling-Li and the Phoenix Fairy: A Chinese Folktale adapted by Ellin Greene and illustrated by Zong-Zhou Wang
Fairfield teacher uses reading to stop school-to-prison pipeline
'My village showed out': book lovers across the country donate to Fairfield school
Devon Frazier is an Alabama Bright Light using literature to cut ‘school to prison’ pipeline
CommUNITY Champion: Devon Frazier, founder of I See Me, Inc.