SF Bay Area
Reading Partners has been a part of the educational landscape in the San Francisco Bay Area since the program was founded in 1999. Our one-on-one tutoring model empowers students to succeed in reading and in life by engaging community volunteers to provide individualized, personal attention to each student in our program.
The Bay Area enjoys the highest per capita GDP in the world—$74,815, higher than London and Singapore—and houses a number of institutes of higher learning. However, in the counties we serve (Alameda and San Francisco) over two-thirds (71 percent) of incoming fourth graders from historically disadvantaged communities can not read at grade level.
By partnering with parents, teachers, school and community leaders in the Bay Area, we’re working toward a future where all children have the individualized support they need to become strong readers and lifelong learners.
Facing a school year of uncertainty due to COVID-19 in 2020-21, Reading Partners collaborated with teachers and school leaders to meet students’ learning needs, including creating an innovative online tutoring program that can be used to support students when in-person tutoring is not an option. Reading Partners will also continue to invest in family engagement programs and race equity, diversity, and inclusion training for volunteers, staff, and AmeriCorps members to ensure that we are thoroughly supporting students and communities as we emerge from the pandemic and well into the future.
Explore Reading Partners’ impact in SF Bay Area:
- 2020-21 impact & innovation report: Full year impacted by COVID-19
- 2019-20 impact & innovation report: Tutoring shortened by COVID-19
- 2018-19 impact report: Last full year of student progress results
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Oakland, CA 94607