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JustREAD is a nonprofit community-funded literacy program dedicated to:
- Improving the English literacy and math skills of youth and helping them become self-directed and motivated learners.
- Involving the community by providing trained volunteers who serve as tutors.
- Stimulating the development of reading centers by providing a comprehensive curriculum, individualized lesson plans and tutor training services.
During the 2013-14 school year, approximately 100 community volunteers provided almost 4,000 hours of one-on-one tutoring for middle and high school students in Mountain View.
JustREAD and JustMATH are focused on the development of basic English and math skills. Our caring volunteer tutors are accomplished adults who impart life skills as well as academic skills to their students, and we provide a safe and nurturing environment for learning.
The high school dropout rate in California is 20%. Poverty, linguistic diversity, inadequate school funding and community instability all create barriers to academic success. JustREAD’s programs address this educational crisis one student at a time.
High schools and middle school teachers do not have the resources to teach literacy and math fundamentals to students and are not trained to do so. They assume that students already know their basic English and math skills.
All of our students have gaps in their learning. We provide diagnostic testing to identify the gaps, then create customized focus plans for each student to help address individual needs.
Tutors work one-on-one in dedicated classrooms on campus during the school day. Programs run for the academic year. Site coordinators provide ongoing support for tutors and students, and provide the curriculum and structure for the sessions.
Many of our tutors return year after year because they can see first-hand the impact they are having on individual students. As one tutor stated, "I have liked, enjoyed and learned from every one of my students. I am truly honored to be a part of JustREAD. It feeds my soul."
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