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Our mission is to help children become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction with measurable results.
Reading Partners is a nonprofit organization that provides literacy intervention programs at elementary schools in low-income communities. At each school, our program transforms a classroom into a Reading Center, and recruits community volunteers from all walks of life to serve as one-on-one tutors for struggling student readers.
Currently, Reading Partners serves hundreds of elementary school sites nationwide, including California, Colorado, Texas, Maryland, Washington, Washington DC, Minnesota, Oklahoma, North Carolina, South Carolina and New York.
Volunteers work with one student for at least one semester, using a highly structured, evidence-based curriculum. No previous experience is required, as all initial training and ongoing support is provided by a full-time staff Site Coordinator, who supervises volunteers and acts as the link between our program and the school.
by Jovita S. from San Francisco, CA
I've been volunteering at this location for almost four years now and it's changed my life. The coordinators are so organized and simply amazing to work with. Watching these students learn is by far the most rewarding thing I've done in my life. If you're looking for a great way to make an impact on your community, this is a fabulous way to do so.
by Elizabeth B. from Sacramento, CA
Reading is a passion of mine and I want to share my abilities in order to inspire youth to become literate. Hopefully they'll become excited about reading; a hobby which can expand their views of the world and allow them to enter exciting places of fantasies and mysteries, as well as learn history and imagine a better future. I think it's a wonderful opportunity to gift a child with a life long interest and ability to read.
by Arielle R. from Sherman Oaks, CA
This is a great organization that really cares about improving the reading skills of children! I feel as if I'm a part of something that is really making a difference. I'm glad a program like Reading Partners exists. They treat their volunteers very well.