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Virtual Literacy Tutoring with BookNook

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Brilliant Detroit and our partner BookNook have launched Remote Literacy Tutoring to serve students Kindergarten-4th grade. The remote tutoring uses video conferencing and the BookNook digital literacy platform to provide time for students to connect with mentors and improve their literacy skills each week. Mentors lead students through pre-planned lessons that BookNook recommends based on students’ skill level and areas of need.

The school year session of the program begins on September 28th and observes holidays in accordance with the Detroit Public Schools calendar.

We are looking for new mentors who can commit to meeting with a student for 45 minutes twice a week. We have set time slots for student/guide pairs to meet on the days listed below. Please note that all Brilliant Detroit programs operate on Eastern Time.

  • 12pm Mondays and Wednesdays
  • 4pm Mondays and Wednesdays
  • 5pm Mondays and Wednesdays
  • 12pm Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • 4pm Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • 5pm Tuesdays and Thursdays

In order to participate in the program, you must have access to wifi and technology (see list of compatible devices below), attend a one hour training with a BookNook staff member and complete a background check. Training times are flexible; We will put you in touch directly with our colleague at BookNook to find a time that works well for you. You will also need a device that can use Zoom such as a computer (with a camera), tablet, or smartphone.

There are lots of devices that are compatible with BookNook, here’s the list (phones are NOT compatible):

iPads(iOS 9.3+), Chromebooks (Chrome OS 54+), Android 4.4+, Mac (OS X 10+), PC (Windows 7+), Supported Fire Tablets: Kindle Fire HDX (2013 and 2014), Fire HD 8 and 10 (2015 - 2018)

Don't hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have by emailing aperlman@brilliantdetroit.org and thank you for contributing to our mission of kid success.

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Mission Statement

Brilliant Detroit works with, by and for neighbors to coordinate programs and partnerships in the areas of health, education and family stability. We cannot do this without the support of volunteers like you, who come from both inside and outside of our Kid Success Neighborhoods. We encourage you to look at the potential volunteer opportunities throughout this site in order to find the one that speaks to your interests and skills. Thank you again for your interest and we cannot wait to connect with you soon!


Brilliant Detroit is dedicated to building kid success families and neighborhoods where families with children 0-8 have what they need to be school ready, healthy and stable. We do this by providing proven programming and support year-round out of Brilliant Detroit homes in high-need neighborhoods.

For more information, please see our website at http://brilliantdetroit.org. We are so excited that you are interested in volunteering with us!

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.


  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Child Development
  • Reading / Writing


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 15
  • Orientation or Training
  • Weekly M/W or T/TH at either noon, 4pm, or 5pm for 45 minutes
  • There is a mandatory training prior to tutoring and all tutors must pass a background check.

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