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Community Volunteers at Reading Partners

Reading Partners is a national early literacy nonprofit that engages community volunteers to tutor students in under-resourced schools with a strong focus here in the Twin Cities.
Less than half of St. Paul and Minneapolis’s third-graders are meeting key benchmarks for success in reading and reading comprehension.
Last year, Reading Partners served more than 500 students (K-4th grade) in the Twin Cities who are reading below their necessary grade in 11 under-resourced schools. More than 750 local community volunteers are mobilized each week to provide one-on-one literacy tutoring support through Reading Partners’ effective, evidence-based curriculum. And it’s working — at the end of the school year, 90 percent of K-2 students enrolled in Reading Partners were mastering the foundational literacy skills needed to read on grade level.
Reading Partners volunteers become much more than just reading partners. By sharing their knowledge and experience, they become mentors, friends, and positive role models to the children they work with. Working one-on-one with a student is a fun, effective way to change a life — maybe even your own.
Requirements include being at least 14 years old; committing a minimum of one hour per week on a recurring schedule; and passing a background check. To explore becoming involved in Reading Partners Visit or call 651-362-0430.

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