I-Beam is a lunchtime literacy and mentoring program that connects volunteer adult mentors with 2 nd-5 th grade students who scored below the 25 th percentile on MAP testing and/or qualify for free and reduced lunch and/or are recommended into the program by their teacher. On the same day each week, volunteers travel to a nearby elementary school for one hour of lunch socializing then one-on-one reading with their student. For the one hour session, the mentors promote the skills of reading, the love of reading and encouraging, consistent adult relationships. One Student. One Adult. One Hour, Once per Week.
I-Beam is an initiative of East Cooper Faith Network (ecfaithnetwork.org).
Founded in Mount Pleasant in 2011, I-Beam has grown from 55 volunteers from two churches, one school and two grade levels to more than 255 volunteers from 16 organizations/churches impacting students in six elementary schools east of the Cooper, grades two through five. Currently, I-Beam is facilitating a mentor program at Jennie Moore Elementary, Mamie P. Whitesides Elementary, James B. Edwards Elementary, Belle Hall Elementary, Laurel Hill Primary, and St. James Santee Elementary.
As this program is ever growing and ever evolving, we are always looking for new volunteer mentors and new partner churches. Please spread the word among your friends and colleagues about the goals, plans and needs for the children who will be positively impacted by volunteers through I-Beam.
- Literacy / Reading
- Reading / Writing
- General Education
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- One hour per week from October thru April
- Just a love of reading and be a mentor to a child who needs it.