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January 12, 2017

Mentoring Month provides perfect opportunity to take action to support early literacy throughout the Silicon Valley

For Immediate Release

Contact: Desiree Perez-Barahona, Vice President of Regional Operations, Reading Partners
(510) 872-2322,

January is National Mentoring Month and 318 students throughout Silicon Valley are in urgent need of a volunteer reading partner

(Silicon Valley Redwood City, CA) June 10, 2017 — January is National Mentoring Month, and Reading Partners is encouraging more community members to join its efforts to provide students in under-resourced schools with the tutoring and mentorship they need to become proficient readers by the fourth grade. A proven national nonprofit that mobilizes community volunteers to work one-on-one with struggling readers, Reading Partners aims to serve 1,000 students throughout the Silicon Valley in the 2016-17 school year. Currently, there are 318 students at 20 local elementary schools waiting to be matched with tutors. Mentoring month is the perfect time to get involved.

Only 31 percent of socioeconomically disadvantaged students in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties combined are reading at grade level (, 2015). Reading is the foundation for all future learning and Reading Partners tutors provide the individualized literacy support and mentorship to help students make the all-important shift from learning to read to reading to learn.

“Our volunteers are the heart of our organization,” says Desiree Perez-Barahona, Vice President of Regional Operations. “They play a critical role in helping our students develop the literacy skills they need, and also serve as role models and mentors as a weekly presence in their lives.”

Reading Partners volunteers utilize an easy-to-follow, individualized lesson plan each week, specific to their students’ needs in order to meet them at their level and help build both literacy skills and confidence. Reading Partners Silicon Valley has an immediate need for volunteer tutors who can commit at least an hour a week to work with students in the following schools:

Redwood City School District

  • Fair Oaks Community School 2950 Fair Oaks Ave. Redwood City, CA 94063

  • Garfield Community School 3600 Middlefield Rd. Menlo Park, CA 94025

  • Hawes Elementary School 909 Roosevelt Ave. Redwood City, CA 94061

  • Henry Ford Elementary School 2498 Massachusetts Ave. Redwood City, CA 94061

  • John Gill Elementary School 555 Avenue del Ora Redwood City, CA 94062

  • Roosevelt Elementary School 2223 Vera Ave. Redwood City, CA 94061

  • Selby Lane School 170 Selby Lane Atherton, CA 94027

  • Taft Community School 903 Tenth Ave. Redwood City, CA 94063

Sunnyvale School District

  • Bishop Elementary School 450 North Sunnyvale Ave. Sunnyvale, CA 94085

  • Ellis Elementary School 550 E Olive Ave. Sunnyvale, CA 94086

  • Lakewood Elementary School 750 Lakechime Dr. Sunnyvale, CA 94089

  • San Miguel Elementary School 777 San Miguel Ave.Sunnyvale, CA 94085

  • Vargas Elementary School 1054 Carson Dr. Sunnyvale, CA 94086

Mountain View Whisman School District

  • Mariano Castro Elementary School 505 Escuela Ave. Mountain View, CA 94040

Franklin-McKinley School District

  • Robert F. Kennedy Elementary School 1602 Lucretia Ave. San Jose, CA 95112

Mt. Pleasant Elementary School District

  • Mt. Pleasant Elementary School 14275 Candler Ave. San Jose, CA 95127

Alum Rock Unified School District

  • Cesar Chavez Elementary School 2000 Kammerer Ave. San Jose, CA 95116

  • San Antonio Elementary School 1721 E. San Antonio St. San Jose, CA 95116

To learn more, please email Community Engagement Manager Gina Roberti at or call (408) 945-5720.

About Reading Partners

Reading Partners empowers students to succeed in reading and in life by engaging community volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring. The national nonprofit organization will provide proven, individualized literacy tutoring to more than 11,000 elementary school students in under-resourced schools across ten states and the District of Columbia in the 2016-17 school year. Visit, or connect with us on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook, to learn more.

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