Live-in For Literacy began at Queen's University in 2005 with a student initiative, DREAM (Discovering the Reality of Educating All Minds). The fifteen members of the team believed that they could change the world by raising money to build educational facilities for children in developing countries.

In the first year of the event, the founders of DREAM, Alvin Shin and Joanna Sue, camped out in the lobby of Joseph S. Stauffer Library at Queen's University to raise awareness for literacy. The event raised $6000, which was used to build a computer lab in Cambodia through the partnership with Room to Read charity.

The success of the event attracted the press and students from other universities, allowing the event to expand. On Wednesday, January 23, 2008, John Wood, the founder of Room to Read, called in with his support. Download and listen to his message HERE.

Today, Live-in For Literacy is a nation-wide event with ten participating university campuses and over 60 student volunteers.