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Volunteer FAQ

Who volunteers as a Reading Partners tutor?
Our volunteer tutors are a minimum of 14 years old and have the desire to make a difference in their communities through early literacy intervention. They have varied experience, ranging from high school students to stay at home parents to retirees.

I am not a native English speaker. Can I still volunteer?
Yes!  However, we do require that you be fluent in English in order to best serve our students.

What if I can’t make it to a session one week?
Consistency is important with your student, but we understand that everyone has busy schedules. You will just need to let your Site Coordinator know ahead of time so that we can inform the student and try to schedule a make-up session.

Do I have any choice in the age or gender of student I work with?
We enroll students based on school priority and schedule, but definitely want to match you to a student that you feel comfortable tutoring. Let your Site Coordinator know at your shadow session if you have a preference between male or female students or early or later grades. Your Site Coordinator is always available to answer questions and problem solve with you to make sure that you are paired well and that you feel confident as a volunteer.

What kind of training will I receive?
Before you begin tutoring you will complete a brief online New Tutor Orientation that will introduce you to the basic purpose, model, and impact of Reading Partners. After that, you will complete a Shadow Session at the school, where you will receive a tour of the classroom, get further training on materials, and observe a tutoring session in action. Following your Shadow Session, you will be paired with your student, and your Site Coordinator will support and coach you along the way as you tutor–never hesitate to ask questions! In addition, Reading Partners provides regional monthly Tutor Trainings on a variety of relevant subjects and strategies. These are one-hour long trainings that engage tutors from across the region and can be very helpful!

How long of a commitment does Reading Partners look for?
We ask that volunteers commit to one hour per week until the end of the school semester.

If I’ve already gotten a LiveScan background check done in the past. Will I need to get another one?
Unfortunately, organizations are prohibited by law from sharing LiveScan results with one another. Your orientation confirmation email will contain documents to request LiveScan service to our agency-specific number. We are also happy to reimburse for the cost of the LiveScan.

It’s already the middle of the semester – when is the soonest that I can start volunteering?
Our program enrolls students into our program on a rolling basis; as soon as we identify a new community volunteer, another elementary school student can be enrolled in Reading Partners. This means you can get started anytime during the school year from September – April – you do not need to wait until the beginning of the next semester.

This sounds like a great program! How can I get my child tutored?
Reading Partners students are referred by their teachers and principals. If your child is a student at one of our school sites, speak with your their teacher about the possibility of getting them referred to our program.

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