Make a difference - help a child learn to read! Become a Reading buddy TODAY!
Why we need YOU: Currently in Dallas County, only 40% of 3rd graders read at grade level. A student who cannot read on grade level by 3rd grade is 6 times less likely to graduate by age 19 than a child who reads proficiently by that time. Readers 2 Leaders needs your help to increase the number of students reading at or above grade level by working one-on-one with struggling readers.
What is Readers 2 Leaders: Readers 2 Leaders (R2L) is a local non-profit organization serving the West Dallas area with the mission to develop and grow the reading skills of underserved Dallas children (ages 3-12) so that they succeed in school and graduate prepared to live productive lives. R2L is currently serving over 400 students per year with our Team Read Programs. Team Read is a reading intervention program for students that need additional reading support to reach grade level. We have In-School, After-School, and Summer Programs.
What will I do as a volunteer: Reading Buddies (volunteers) are a key part of our programs and provide the essential one-on-one reading assistance to a student once a week (or more as the volunteer is able). As a Reading Buddy you will help a child develop their reading skills through phonics practice, leveled-texts, and reading high-quality literature to them. Above all, you will be a positive role model that encourages them and makes reading fun!
When and where can I volunteer: We have several Buddy Reading spots available in both our In-School and After-School programs.
In-School Program: 30 minute sessions available Monday-Thursday from 9am - 2pm. You can sign up for 1 session or multiple.
Mondays at Lorenzo de Zavala Elementary School: 3214 N Winnetka Ave, Dallas, TX 75212
Tuesdays at Sidney Lanier: 1400 Walmsley Ave, Dallas, TX 75208
Wednesdays at Montessori Academy at Onesimo Hernandez: 555 Maple Ave. Dallas TX 75235
Thursdays Uplift Heights Primary: 2202 Calypso St., Dallas, TX 75212
After-School Program: Monday-Thursday from 3:45-5:30pm
Readers 2 Leaders Literacy Center (Booktown): 2223 Singleton Blvd, Suite 140, Dallas, TX 75212
Uplift Heights Primary: 2202 Calypso St., Dallas, TX 75212
How To Get Started: Once you know what day(s) and times work best for you, please visit the following link to submit your contact information and availability. We will be in contact with you regarding scheduling and to complete the application process and training. https://goo.gl/ forms/PyY0yhGBYwzTVR932
Interested in volunteering in the In-School or After-School Program in the 2018-2019 school year? please contact us via email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Literacy / Reading
- Teaching / Instruction
- Reading Comprehension
- Reading / Writing
- General Education
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 14
- Orientation or Training
- Weekly; time commitment varies (30min-1hr minimum)