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January 9, 2018

Reading Partners Los Angeles Area kicks off 'Resolutions for Reading' to support struggling readers

For Immediate Release


Laura Zachar

Senior Executive Director, Reading Partners Los Angeles Area

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300 students are ready to be matched with volunteer tutors

Pasadena, CA — January 9, 2018

“As a mentor to a Reading Partners student, I want to have the same impact that my mentor had on me. My top priority is to build our students up into confident learners and to push them to their fullest potential.” – A Reading Partners volunteer tutor

Each year, National Mentoring Month celebrates the power of mentoring relationships and calls for more people to play a supportive role in the lives of children. This January, Reading Partners is sharing stories of mentorship from community volunteers, AmeriCorps members, and staff. The campaign is designed to inspire others to make Resolutions for Reading in the new year by providing students in under-resourced schools with the tutoring and mentorship they need to become proficient readers by the fourth grade.

proven, national nonprofit that mobilizes community volunteers to work one-on-one with struggling readers, Reading Partners is determined to serve 720 students in the Los Angeles area in the 2017-18 school year. Currently, there are over 300 students at 13 local elementary schools waiting to be matched with tutors. Now is the time for our community to make Resolutions for Reading to ensure that our students have the reading skills and confidence they need to be successful in school and in life.

“Our volunteers are a fundamental part of our work and we couldn’t do it without them!” says Laura Zachar, Executive Director, “Every time I visit one of our schools, the excitement that students have when they open the door and see their tutor is magical!”

Reading Partners volunteers utilize an easy-to-follow, individualized lesson plan each week in order to meet students at their level and help them make the critical transition from learning to read to reading to learn.

Reading Partners Los Angeles Area has an immediate need for volunteer tutors who can commit at least an hour a week to work with students in our LA-area schools.

To learn more about volunteering with Reading Partners, please call (213) 399-8599 or email

About Reading Partners

Reading Partners empowers students to succeed in reading and in life by engaging community volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring. Since its founding, the national nonprofit organization has provided proven, individualized literacy tutoring to nearly 45,000 elementary school students in under-resourced schools across ten states and the District of Columbia. Visit to learn more about our program impact, or connect with us on FacebookLinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

Recently, Reading Partners was recognized as a Best Practice Honoree during the 2017 Library of Congress Literacy Awards. The 2017 awards program honored 15 organizations for outstanding work in the field of literacy and implementation of best practices in literacy promotion.

Reading Partners volunteer tutors work with their students (photo credits: Reading Partners)

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