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Become a Reading Partner

Our volunteers become so much more than just reading partners. By sharing their knowledge and experience, they become mentors, friends, and positive role models to the children they work with. Working one-on-one with a student is a fun, effective way to change a life—maybe even your own.

Volunteer as little as one hour a week.


  • Be at least 14 years old
  • Commit a minimum of one hour per week on a recurring schedule
  • Most reading centers are open Monday-Thursday, 9am- 5pm.
  • Pass a background check

Share the love of reading

Every student enrolled in our program can take one book home after each tutoring session to build their own home library. To supply these books, we are always in need of age-appropriate, culturally relevant children’s books! There are two ways you can share the love of reading by donating books to Reading Partners students:

– Buy a book from our hand-picked wishlist at Politics & Prose

– Host a book drive for Reading Partners students (please contact to coordinate)

Join our team

Reading Partners has helped thousands of children in Washington, DC become confident readers. Our volunteers, staff, and AmeriCorps members are dedicated to improving the lives of children and we are seeking driven career professionals and service-oriented individuals interested in making a difference. Reading Partners is an equal-opportunity employer committed to diversity.

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Thanks to Washington, DC Partners

  • Learn 24
  • American University
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  • Logo for Five Below
  • Logo for Hellman Foundation
  • Logo for Bezos Family Foundation
  • Logo for George Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Logo for Panda Cares
  • Logo for The Duke Endowment
  • Logo for Deerbrook Charitable Trust

Thanks to our partners

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