Become a School Partner
Serving as a Community Reading Buddies mentor is a unique opportunity to make a measurable difference in a young student’s life and develop your own leadership and communication skills. Mentors receive considerable support, from staff, Lead Mentors, and our digital literacy platform, BookNook, where youth mentors and their young readers engage in literacy activities via online video conferencing.
Here’s what an eight-week Community Reading Buddies cycle looks like for K-3rd graders:
Every student is thoughtfully paired with a well-trained, vetted, and committed Youth Mentor. Parents are engaged individually at the beginning and end of the cycle as well.
Twice a week, our K-3rd graders arrive to a virtual “kick-off” with their Mentor and 24 other pairs.
The students get energized for the day and go off with their Mentor for a 50-minute session of fun literacy activities, individually customized for their Fountas & Pinnell literacy level.
At the end of the 50-minute session, the students all come back together to share their favorite moments with each other and the Mentors debrief their highlights, challenges, and goals.
At the end of the program, the average K-3rd grader makes four months of literacy progress in only 8 weeks, bringing a significant portion up to grade level.