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ReadingPals is a statewide early literacy initiative that provides volunteer mentors for students from Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) to 3rd grade who may need extra help, utilizing one-on-one or small group settings.

Our goals are:

1. Mentoring: To build genuine, impactful relationships between students and our volunteer mentors.
2. Early Literacy: To improve students' understanding of the fundamental building blocks of early literacy.
3. Social-Emotional Development: To help students build a strong social-emotional foundation through self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making.


68% of American's fourth graders read at a below proficient level. 82% of those children are from low-income families.
[Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Early Warning: Why Reading at the End of Third Grade Matters, 2010]

Help us work in collaboration with teachers, parents and local nonprofit partners to prepare 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders for reading success!


Minimum Requirements:

  • One hour per week, 12-25 hours during fall and/or spring

  • One hour bi-weekly with a partner volunteer

  • New Volunteer Training

  • Level 1 Background Screening (free for volunteers) 


"My ReadingPal's confidence has increased in reading and beyond!" - 2017 Volunteer

Our program runs from September 2018 to May 2019
Fall: September to December
Spring: January to May


If you have any questions about ReadingPals, please contact Rahkiah Brown at or call 352-333-0858