Howard Area Reading Program (HARP) Volunteer

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Recruiting Organization: Howard Area Community Center

Position: Howard Area Reading Program (HARP) Volunteer

Department: Youth Development Services

Location: Oakton Elementary School in southeast Evanston

436 Ridge Ave, Evanston, IL 60202

Reports to: Barbra Kaufman

General Description:

HARP is one of the longest-running literacy programs in the country-serving children for over 40 years! We proudly serve students in the Greater Rogers Park Area and Evanston.

Volunteer mentors work one-on-one with one student through the duration of the program. Students are in second through fourth grade. HARP Volunteers mentor and tutor children to combat illiteracy and build children’s confidence in themselves and their academic ability.

HARP Reading Specialists train new volunteers, using the National Louis University clinic model. All lesson plans and materials will be provided, and tutoring is always supervised by our program manager who will be able to provide support as needed.

Time Commitment: Thursdays 3:10-5:00 PM

November through mid-May

Starts 11/4/2021


  • Tutor and mentor one student once a week to combat illiteracy and build academic confidence.
  • Attend all trainings as assigned by our program manager.
  • Utilize curriculum and materials as assigned by our program manager.


  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Able to keep to a consistent schedule
  • Interest in working with eager struggling readers
  • Willingness to follow our lesson plans
  • Good sense of humor!

If you are interested, please fill out our volunteer application here, and our volunteer coordinator will reach out to you shortly.

Under "Volunteer Interest," please select "other" and specify the HARP Program in the box below.

Stipend ProvidedFalse

Training ProvidedFalse

Housing AvailableFalse

Language/Cultral Support AvailableFalse

Wheelchair AccessibleFalse

Fee RequiredFalse

Fee Amount: None

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