Dog Team Volunteer - SitStayRead

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Dog Team

This is a volunteer with their dog who volunteer in the classroom together as a team, having the students come and read with their dog individually or in pairs during the hour-long program session. SitStayRead programs happen during the day, during the school year, for up to eight weeks per program.

All prospective dogs need to go through a testing process through SitStayRead, and all handlers need to attend a Dog Team Info Session along with a Volunteer Orientation in order for dogs to take the Dog Team Test. Handlers also need to participate as a Book Buddy before entering the classroom as a Dog Team.

We go into CPS schools that are 90% or more low-income with 60% or more of third graders reading below grade-level. Our partner schools have limited access to resources, which is why our program is focused on those locations! Our volunteers get a chance to see new parts of their community that they may have never seen before, all while getting to help some awesome students!

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About SitStayRead


2849 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60657, US

Mission Statement

SitStayRead's mission is to to advance children’s literacy skills using an engaging curriculum, dedicated volunteers and certified dogs.


Founded in 2003, SitStayRead is the leading dog-assisted literacy organization in the United Stated that bridges the achievement gap in low-income Chicago Public Schools and local community centers by our teams of volunteers and Certified Reading Assistance Dogs.

With teams of both human and canine volunteers, we go into the classroom, during the school day, with our innovative and engaging curriculum focused on increasing students literacy skills. Our volunteers engage students in different reading and writing activities to not only build students' literacy skills, but to also build their confidence in their ability to read and write and to make it fun!

Our program goes into first, second, and third grades in 17 different Chicago Public Schools all throughout the school year. During an hour-long SitStayRead session, students will work with their human volunteers (Book Buddies) on different reading and writing activities, and will get a chance to visit with our Dog Teams (human + owned-Certified Reading Assistance Dog) to get to read out loud to our non-judgmental canine friends, certified through SitStayRead to be in the classroom.


We'll work with your schedule.


Various Locations Throughout ChicagoChicago, IL 60657



  • People Skills
  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Animal Therapy
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Reading / Writing


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1 hour a week, during the day, for 6-8 weeks
  • Dog Teams will also need to go through a Dog Team Info Session and pass a test to volunteer in the classroom.

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