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.
Americorps volunteers who administer the program have scant educational experience, but see themselves as instructional leaders, and rigidly attempt to impose uniformity, which detracts from the potential benefits of tutoring. (That's not their fault, but a problem with the program's structure.) The curriculum is unengaging; for example, students are meant to watch as the volunteer spells, writes and pronounces a lengthy list of unrelated words.
by Lakshmi G. from Ann Arbor, MI
I enjoyed this experience immensely. It was deeply fulfilling to partner with a child and help them in their discovery of learning. The quality of the experience depends on the quality of the site manager, and this has varied. Some site managers are less organized than others, but being given the opportunity to connect with and encourage a young reader is worth it!
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.