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2003 East San Antonio StreetSan Jose, CA 95116


Reading skills are a key indicator of future success. Yet more than 50% of the students in the Alum Rock Union Elementary School District are not reading proficiently.

You can help!

Become a reading mentor for two K-1st grade students at Dorsa or San Antonio Elementary Schools in San Jose, CA. Your commitment of just 1 hour per week will:

  • Improve their reading readiness
  • Increase their confidence and self-esteem
  • Instill in them a love of learning


  • Complete and submit a YWCR Volunteer Application (https://goo.gl/forms/4RHUF0Umn8AjmgBs2)
  • Commit to mentor 12 or more reading sessions per semester
  • Provide a negative Tuberculosis (TB) Test
  • Pass LiveScan fingerprinting and background investigation through Santa Clara County’s Sherriff’s Department
  • Attend a scheduled reading mentor orientation

If you are interested in our program or would love to receive more information, please contact our Family Literacy Coordinator, Keishla Thompson-Echevarría, at kechevarria@gfsfamilyservices.org.


  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training

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