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The purpose of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Pinellas County (RSVP) is to create meaningful opportunities for persons 55 years of age and above to participate more fully in the life of their community through volunteer service. RSVP has partnered with YMCA Reads! to recruit volunteers who are 55+ for the specific opportunities listed below.
The mission of YMCA READS! is to enable at-risk and disadvantaged childen in kindergarten through third grade no matter their race, economic status, or capabilities to increase their reading skills through structured after-school reading instruction and mentoring.
YMCA READS! is an after-school reading assistance and mentoring program where at-risk and low-income children in kindergarten through third grade develop the reading skills they need to succeed in school.
This early intervention program improves students’ reading skills through mentoring and the use of a research-based, data-driven curriculum. It also helps students achieve or maintain satisfactory school attendance and behavior both essential ingredients to school success.
The YMCA READS! program successfully closes the achievement gap in students’ reading performance with structured curricula delivered by well-trained mentors. The YMCA READS! program teaches literacy skills to students via small group tutoring/ mentoring. Mentoring enhances academic achievement through relationship building and increased academic self-esteem from learning to read.
Currently the program operates in 15 public schools, 9 participating YMCAs in 13 counties in Florida. YMCA READS! is implemented in partnership with the Florida State Alliance of YMCA’s Foundation, Inc. and the local YMCA’s in Florida. Funding for YMCA READS comes from The Department of Education and the participating YMCA’s.
Y READS! is entirely implemented by local, community volunteers who work closely with our students. Many of our volunteers are former educators or business executives who may be looking for an opportunity to connect to their community. All volunteers are required to submit to a background check and fingerprinting to protect our students.
We recognize our volunteers are donating their valuable time, and we feel it’s important they enjoy and benefit from volunteering, too. To that end, we encourage all of our volunteers to:
- Ask questions. You want to make sure that the experience is right for your skills, your goals, and the time you want to spend. If you have any questions, ask. Sample questions to your volunteer coordinator might address your time commitment, if there’s any training involved, who you will be working with, and what to do if you have questions during your experience.
- Know what’s expected. Before starting, make sure you are comfortable with the organization, know what is expected, and understand the time commitment.
- Enjoy yourself. Most importantly, make sure you’re having fun! The best volunteer experiences benefit both the volunteer and the organization. If you’re not enjoying yourself, ask yourself why. Is it the tasks you’re performing? The people you’re working with? Or are you uncomfortable simply because the situation is new and familiar? Pinpointing what’s bothering you can help you decide how to proceed.
We'll work with your schedule.
This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.
- People 55+
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 55
- Orientation or Training