Social Engagement: High
What’s What: If you recognize the importance of literacy and want to do something to directly support a child’s reading journey, you can connect with Reading Partners and help a student who really needs you.
Amava Take: Reading Partners works closely with teachers and principals at partner schools to identify students who are reading behind grade level and would benefit from their program. As an organization, they believe that reading is the key to unlocking a student’s potential. To tackle the literacy crisis in the US, Reading Partners recruits community volunteers to provide one-on-one, individualized tutoring using their research-based curriculum. They partner volunteers with students, they are able to give students the confidence they need to use their literacy skills and reach their goals. If this speaks to you, get on board!
From the Front Lines:
What’s the Mission of Reading Partners?
To help children become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction with measurable results.
Where does Reading Partners operate?
In schools in California, Colorado, Washington, Minnesota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Maryland, New York, and Washington, D.C. Across the 13 regions, Reading Partners serves around 12,000 students each year, primarily in under-resourced schools. Last year, only 23% of students in low-income areas were reading at grade level at the end of third grade. Reading Partners believes that students deserve better and is determined to get students on a path for success.
Do the programs really make a measurable difference?
Yes! Reading Partners has done the research, which found that their program was implemented with a high degree of fidelity and had positive and statistically significant impacts on sight word reading, fluency, and reading comprehension.
From the Trenches:
What kinds of people volunteer as Reading Partners tutors?
Volunteer tutors have varied experience, ranging from high school students to stay-at-home parents to retirees.
How long does it take to get paired with a student?
Reading Partners will match you with a student as quickly as possible. It can take anywhere from several days to several weeks, depending on a variety of factors. Tutors who are willing to commit to two sessions a week can often be placed more quickly. Find out more.
What kind of training and ongoing support will I receive?
New volunteers will attend a one-hour tutor orientation to learn more about Reading Partners’ mission, model, and tutoring strategies. Each reading center is equipped with a full-time site coordinator who is in the reading center to schedule tutoring, answer questions, and provide support. Never hesitate to ask questions! Reading Partners also provides ongoing training events on a variety of relevant subjects and strategies and volunteers can also access training videos and resources online.
Do I have to wait for the start of a new semester to get started?
Reading Partners enrolls students on a rolling basis. You can get started anytime during the school year. Start now!
Special Requirements: The only requirements are that you must be at least 14 years old and able to commit to at least an hour a week to work with your student. You will also need a background check and Reading Partners will reimburse you for the cost.
Setting it Up: To get started, fill out an application and get ready for a life-changing experience.