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Volunteer opportunity description

Reading Partners mobilizes communities to provide students with the proven, individualized reading support they need to read at grade level by third grade.

We know that reading is the foundation for all future learning, and the ability to read transforms lives and empowers children and communities to reach their full potential. Research shows that students who read at grade level by fourth grade have a greater opportunity to succeed in school and in life.

That’s why we partner with under-resourced schools and engage volunteer reading partners to work one-on-one with students who struggle with reading.

An evidence-based and community-driven organization, we recruit and train volunteers to work one-on-one with students for 45 minutes twice a week, following a structured, research-based curriculum.

Our program model works and is backed by evidence-based research which proves that our students make significant gains in reading. On average, Reading Partners’ students more than double their rate of learning while in the program.

Strong reading skills are essential. Students reading below grade level in third grade are four times as likely as their peers to drop out of school before earning their diploma. Dropping out of school and failing to attend college comes with a real price both to the individual and to society. High school dropouts are more likely than those who graduate to be arrested or have a child while still a teenager.

Reading Partners works. Reading Partners builds a partnership with teachers, parents, and community volunteers to provide students the support they need to succeed. By providing volunteer tutors research-based, structured lesson plans designed to focus on the individual needs of our students, Reading Partners is helping students become strong, confident readers with a passion for learning.

Requirements

Meet the requirements. You must be 14 years or older, pass a background check, and commit to at least one hour per week.

Register online. Follow a few simple steps in the registration process, including, scheduling an orientation and choosing a school site. 

Attend an orientation. Meet staff and other volunteers, and learn more about being a reading partner.

Background check. Complete a background check and submit the information.

Get started! Schedule a session time. Once you're matched with a student you can begin tutoring!

Make a difference. By following a highly effective, structured, and easy-to-use curriculum, students build confidence and make impressive gains.

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About the organization

Reading Partners

Contact:
Jessica Risenhoover
Director of External Relations
Organization’s website:
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