Our mission is to expand the life opportunities of children in low income communities by empowering them with strong literacy skills.
A child's third grade reading scores can predict with 70% accuracy the likelihood they will graduate from high school. Early literacy impacts all aspects of a child's life from academic performance across subject areas to self-confidence and enthusiasm for learning. Reading Partners provides an opportunity and a space for volunteers from the community to give a fraction of their time each week to tutor an elementary school student one-on-one in reading using a structured and easy-to-follow curriculum. With just 1 hour a week, you can make a huge difference in the lives of children who have fallen behind in reading and are at risk of falling further. One-on-one instruction at the student's reading level provides the opportunity for individualized academic attention and a healthy learning relationship with you, the volunteer. Volunteers are, in turn, supported at all times by Reading Partners school site coordinators and staff. We are recruiting for the 2013-2014 school year. Pick any 1-hour time slot that's convenient for you between 9am and 5pm, Monday through Thursday (you are welcome to help more if able). Reading Partners is located nationally, with regions including: the Bay Area, New York, Charleston, Dallas, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Sacramento, Silicon Valley, and Denver. For more information, go to http://www.readingpartners.org/volunteer. Skills No previous tutoring experience required All ages 14+ can tutor: Being a volunteer with Reading Partners is a great opportunity for high school students, college students, working professionals, full-time parents, and retirees. People of all ages and backgrounds can be a valuable resource for young people learning to read. Requirements No previous tutoring experience is required. To get started, we only ask that you complete a 30 minute on-line orientation. Once you begin we ask for 1 hour a week (at your convenience between 9am and 5pm) for at least one semester.