Volunteers needed as reading tutors

Each year, National Mentoring Month celebrates 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.

“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,” said Lauren Colbert, Reading Partners volunteer and Community Involvement Coordinator at City of Tulsa.

A national nonprofit that mobilizes community volunteers to work one-on-one with struggling readers, Reading Partners wants 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.

“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 percent of students in our program master key foundational learning skills needed to read at grade-level,” said Justin Harlan, Reading Partners Tulsa executive director.

Reading Partners volunteers use an easy-to-follow, individualized lesson plan each week in order to meet students at their level and help them 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:

  • Chouteau Elementary – 4132 W Cameron St.
  • MacArthur Elementary – 2182 S 73rd E Ave.
  • Skelly Elementary – 2940 S 90th E Ave.
  • Tulsa Legacy Charter School – 105 East 63rd St North.

For additional information, email volunteerTUL@readingpartners.org or call 918-949-1979.