| World Literacy Taskforce
| Literacy Advocate
Literacy is foundational to lifelong learning and education. People who cannot read or write experience difficulties with simple everyday tasks such as reading the label of a medicine bottle, filling in a job application, or understanding a traffic sign. The “3rd Grade Benchmark,” is indicative of the future success a child will have in school. It was a benchmark Madi Franquiz missed. Living in poverty during her 2nd grade year, her family struggled with access to basic necessities of life, including books. Madi never dreamed that someone like me could one day attend college, much less write a book, or compete for Miss Texas.
Today, Madi is a graduate student who is on track to begin her PhD in 2026. She is a best-selling, award-winning, published children's author, having published eight books. She is also a professional public speaker having traveled over 35,000 miles within the last six months. Madi beat the statistics. Because of the early intervention of community members, Madi was given access to books to imagine a different world for myself. She learned to read, to write, and to speak. A journey that began with one book, took one woman to the floor of the 77th United Nations General Assembly to advocate for children who missed the same benchmark as her.
Madi is the international founder and director of Authoring Life, a 501(c)3 that has been actively involved in early intervention in children's literacy for four years. Authoring Life provides books, literacy resources, scholarships, and educational opportunities to children across Texas and around the globe. Madi has been selected as a World Literacy Foundation Ambassador and appointed to serve on the United Nations World Literacy Task Force as both a founding member and its first Youth Ambassador.
In her free time, Madi is committed to serving her church community. She spends time with her family and friends, and binge watches episodes from Parks and Rec. You can usually find her outdoors training for her next Spartan race or reading a good book.