With the closure of schools due to COVID-19, Alexandria students may be at a risk of falling behind. The need for dedicated Wright to Read tutor/mentors will be greater than ever this fall.
Join us in changing the lives of the children of Alexandria. For one hour a week, you can work one-on-one with a student to help improve their literacy skills and inspire a love of reading but also help develop other important attributes that are key in their future success! The Campagna Center’s Wright to Read program provides volunteer-based one-on-one sustained literacy tutoring and mentoring relationships to City of Alexandria elementary school children who are reading one year below grade level.
In light of physical distancing guidelines during the pandemic, we are modifying our platforms and resources given to tutor/mentors and families to facilitate engagement via virtual means. Training will be provided online.
Please note that our goal is to eventually return to in-person meetings in 2021, so if you do not live or work or are willing to travel to Alexandria and want your relationship to extend beyond one year, please do not sign up to volunteer for the program.
In addition to the weekly engagements, we offer enrichment activities to help foster the connections between students, volunteers, and families across the program.
When in-person meetings become available again, tutoring typically occurs at the public library after work or on the weekends once a week for an hour.
We ask that our volunteers work with our students for at least a year (although many relationships last longer).
This program requires volunteers to attend an Orientation/Training (provided online during the pandemic) as well as undergo a background screening that may take up to 2 months to complete (applicants must utilize Fieldpoint locations to be fingerprinted). Please reach out to us now to ensure you are ready to be assigned to students this fall!
Watch a video about Wright to Read: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=10&v=LZT4qsvK9u4&feature=emb_logo
Hear from one of our volunteers regarding their experience: "Being a mentor has given me a great gift in being able to make a very big, and positive, difference in the life of a child. We talk about things he might not think to talk about with his busy parents. For one hour a week, he has the undivided attention of a caring adult. He often tells me he thinks I am 'the best tutor in the world.' Each time, I catch my breath and feel tears come to my eyes. The truth is, I feel like the lucky one. He brings joy and light to my life. I feel honored to be a part of his childhood and formative education. I wouldn’t have believed how rewarding that feeling could be."
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About Wright To Read
418 South Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, US
Giving the gift of literacy is the mission of Wright To Read, a program of the Frank & Betty Wright Foundation, administered by The Campagna Center.
Wright To Read (WTR) is a tutoring and mentoring program that places adult volunteers with children from the City of Alexandria Public Schools. Our hope is that with committed volunteers we can reach these students and give them the help they need to fully develop the reading skills necessary for a good education and a rewarding life.
Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
We'll work with your schedule.
418 S Washington StreetAlexandria, VA22314
July 9, 2020
Literacy / Reading
Reading / Writing
Must be at least 18
Orientation or Training
One hour a week for at least a year
Previous experience with elementary-aged children a plus; ability to provide own device and Internet access to conduct tutoring sessions via Zoom or other platforms; comfort/familiarity with technology