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How it works

Volunteer reading partners spend one hour a week helping students gain lifelong literacy skills that will empower their learning.

  • Give as little as one hour a week
  • Flexible weekday volunteer times
  • Follow a highly effective, easy-to-use curriculum.
  • No prior experience is required.

Based on district and school campus guidelines in each local area, tutoring may be available in person and/or online. If you have questions or concerns related to COVID-19, please visit our FAQs.

Steps to volunteer

  • 1

    Meet the requirements

    You must meet the age requirement, pass a background check, and commit to at least one session per week.

  • 2

    Sign up online

    Follow a few simple steps in the sign up process, including registering for a tutor orientation and signing off on our tutor code of conduct.

  • 3

    Complete tutor orientation

    Get to learn more about the Reading Partners program model, our curriculum, and how to be a successful tutor.

  • 4

    Background check

    Complete a background check and submit the information.

  • 5

    Meet your student

    Schedule a session time. Once you're matched with a student you can begin tutoring!

  • 6

    Make a difference

    By following a highly effective, structured, and easy-to-use curriculum, students build confidence and make impressive gains.

Tutors Speak for Themselves

See what our volunteers love about being Reading Partners and why they keep coming back.

Sonia Castellani

Reading Partner since 2010

“My first impression of Reading Partners was that the program can help struggling students. I was excited when my student completed his first book report at home and gave a very complete and descriptive explanation of the story. I find joy in giving, helping and encouraging my student to grow. It is rewarding.”

Dennis Boyd

Reading Partner since 2010

“Seeing her confidence grow in the short time we’ve spent is more reward than I could ever ask. It truly is a continual joy and pleasure being able to share this with them.”

Meghan Hennelly

Reading Partner since 2010

“I can see that he’s becoming more fluent and reads words with more ease and confidence.” … “Even his teacher said he has improved tremendously from the beginning of the school year, which was awesome to hear.”

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