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April 17, 2018

Top 5 Reasons Reading Partners Volunteers Make Twin Cities a Better Place

For Immediate Release

Contact:

Brooke Rivers

Executive Director, Reading Partners Twin Cities

(612) 281-1558  | brooke.rivers@readingpartners.org

READING PARTNERS VOLUNTEERS STRENGTHEN TWIN CITIES IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYS — HERE ARE THE TOP 5

St. Paul, MN — April 17, 2018

For over four decades, National Volunteer Week has given nonprofits an opportunity to recognize the invaluable support of volunteers that help fuel their work. In celebration of National Volunteer Week in 2018 (April 15-21), Reading Partners Twin Cities created a list highlighting the top five ways its volunteers make the community stronger and better.

Top 5 Reasons Reading Partners Volunteers Make Twin Cities a Better Place

  1. Volunteers drive student impact – Volunteers are working one-on-one with 600 students this year in Twin Cities to help deliver meaningful results for kids (last year, 90% of Reading Partners’ Kindergarten through second-grade students in Twin Cities mastered key foundational reading skills needed to read at grade level).

  2. By promoting educational equity, volunteers strengthen the broader community – Everyone benefits in the long run when student literacy achievement is bolstered. Students who don’t read proficiently by fourth grade are four times more likely to drop out of school. It’s estimated that every student who walks out of the classroom without a diploma costs our society $260,000 in lost earnings, taxes, and productivity.

  3. Volunteers serve as a resource multiplier – Because Reading Partners engages so many community volunteers in their work, the program is more affordable for schools to implement than other literacy interventions. For every dollar invested in reading partners, the program delivers more than $2 in resources to students.

  4. Volunteers support strong public schools – Thanks to the involvement of 720 community tutors in Twin Cities, 98% of teachers report Reading Partners is valuable to their school and 100% of principals report improved school-wide reading progress.

  5. Volunteers help bring joy to learning – Students feed off of the energy and excitement of Reading Partners’ volunteer tutors. In Twin Cities, 95% of volunteers are satisfied with their tutoring experience and that enthusiasm helps students develop a lifelong love of reading that is key to success in school and beyond.

“So far this school year, Reading Partners volunteers have delivered over 12,000 hours of tutoring to support Reading Partners students,” said Brooke Rivers, Executive Director of Reading Partners Twin Cities. “We are so grateful to our amazing volunteers who are helping to transform the Twin Cities community one student at a time.”

Reading Partners is a national nonprofit that collaborates with community volunteers and local public schools in Twin Cities and in 13 other regions across the country to equip students with the foundational skills they need to be able to read at grade level by fourth grade.

In an effort to strengthen the literacy skills of as many students as possible, Reading Partners Twin Cities is constantly looking for more local volunteers to commit just an hour a week to work individually with children who struggle with reading. To become a volunteer with Reading Partners, please visit readingpartners.org/volunteer today.

Reading Partners volunteers work one-on-one with students. (Photo credit: Reading Partners)

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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 readingpartners.org to learn more about our program impact, or connect with us on FacebookLinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

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