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January 4, 2018

Reading Partners Tulsa Seeks To Inspire 'Resolutions For Reading' During National Mentoring Month

For Immediate Release


Jessica Risenhoover

Director of External Relations, Reading Partners Tulsa

918-521-2268 |


200 students are ready to be matched with volunteer tutors

Tulsa, OK — January 4, 2018

“I’m excited to be a part of my reading partner’s life as a mentor, to make an impact and to help her master the basic reading skills she needs to reach her fullest potential.” – Lauren Colbert, Reading Partners volunteer and Community Involvement Coordinator at City of Tulsa

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 1,502 students in Tulsa in the 2017-18 school year. Currently, there are hundreds of students at 23 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.

“By providing one-on-one, individualized reading instruction to struggling readers in K – 2nd grade, Reading Partners volunteers are the reason we’ve seen 89% of students in our program master key foundational learning skills needed to read at grade-level.” – Justin Harlan, Reading Partners Tulsa Executive Director.

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 Tulsa has an immediate need for volunteer tutors who can commit at least an hour a week to work with students in the following schools:

To learn more about volunteering with Reading Partners, please email or call (918) 949-1979.

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. 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.

Literacy Awards 2017 Best Practice Honoree

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

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