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Program Coordinator, Detroit, MI

Serving Detroit Leadership Academy and Hope of Detroit Academy

Read to a Child’s Read Aloud Mentoring Program pairs a volunteer mentor with an elementary school student for a rewarding weekly read aloud experience either during the child’s lunch or other non-instructional time.

The Program Coordinator is responsible for the planning and the daily operation of this program at the designated school. Depending on the needs of the school, coordination of the Read Aloud Mentoring Program may be conducted in-person, virtually, or a combination thereof. The Program Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that volunteer mentors, students, and school staff have a positive and meaningful experience.

The current open Program Coordinator roles are on-site positions working in our Detroit charter schools directly with students. Successful candidates must be comfortable working in an in-school environment and in keeping with all COVID-19 safety protocols required by the school. We are also looking for Substitute Program Coordinators, to be on-site, in our Detroit and Pontiac locations.

This role is extremely important to the program’s function and success and will be an integral part of a fun and collaborative team! Our Program Coordinators are truly the face of our program and make a real difference in the lives of our students every year.

Responsibilities may include some or all of the following, depending on the program’s needs:

  • Ensure that the program starts smoothly, including solicitation of teacher referrals, student permission, re-matching or matching pairs, and other start-up tasks
  • Communicate regularly with supervisor
  • Notify students, teachers and potentially parents/guardians of volunteer mentor cancellations or schedule changes
  • Communicate regularly with volunteer mentors, including regular program updates, and notification of student absences or changes in schedule
  • Provide ongoing support and guidance to volunteer mentors on a general and case by case basis to address specific challenges as need arises (with input from supervisor)
  • Provide volunteers with book ideas. If program is on site (i.e., not virtual), maintain an organized and inviting book cart for volunteers
  • Potentially provide logistical support to parents/guardians with respect to virtual sessions
  • Facilitate and monitor reading sessions to ensure smooth operation of program
  • If coordinating on-site, ensure that state and school guidelines for hygiene and safety are followed carefully and that rooms are left clean and orderly
  • Document reading session attendance and participant information changes in the database
  • Collect mid-year volunteer mentor surveys, and year-end surveys and assessments from volunteer mentors, students and teachers, as applicable
  • Plan and implement year-end celebration (in person or adapted for virtual setting), as applicable
  • Attend required Program Coordinator meetings
  • Support volunteer recruitment efforts
  • Facilitate other activities or tasks as requested
  • Submit timesheets accurately and on time
  • Participate in the Performance Evaluation and goal setting process

Key Qualifications

  • Commitment to Read to a Child’s mission, viability and growth
  • Experience working with young children
  • Enthusiastic about children’s books, willingness to become familiar with the Read to a Child book collection
  • Preferred – Experience managing volunteers
  • Communicates well in person, on the telephone & via email
  • Commitment to actively and continuously working toward achieving the organization’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion goals
  • Extremely organized and adept at successfully managing multiple projects simultaneously and prioritizing according to the organization’s strategic plan — with flexibility and a positive attitude
  • Comfortable working with and hosting group video conference platforms
  • Proficiency working with various technological platforms. Comfortable working with e-mail, Word, Excel, and some data entry
  • Access to transportation

Hours: Up to 4 days a week, hours will vary between approximately 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. from September through June. Also, some availability outside of these times for data entry, communications, and meetings as needed. Up to 10 hours per week.

Potential to fill in at more than one school site for additional hours.

Start: October 2021

Pay: $15.00 per hour

To Apply: PLEASE SEND A RESUME AND COVER LETTER TO INFODETROIT@READTOACHILD.ORG OUTLINING WHY YOU ARE A GOOD FIT FOR THIS POSITION AS WELL AS HOW THE HOURS WORK FOR YOUR SCHEDULE.

We believe that varied perspectives and backgrounds create a rich work environment and enhance our ability to pursue our mission. Join us as we continue to build an organization that fosters a work environment where people from all backgrounds are welcomed and valued. We are continuously motivated to act on our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion among reading mentors, board members, and staff.

Program Coordinator, Chelsea, MA

Hooks Elementary School, 300 Crescent Ave., Chelsea, MA 02150

Read to a Child’s Read Aloud Mentoring Program pairs a volunteer mentor with an elementary school student for a rewarding weekly read aloud experience either during the child’s lunch or other non-instructional time. 

The Program Coordinator is responsible for the planning and the daily operation of this program at the designated school. Depending on the needs of the school, coordination of the Read Aloud Mentoring Program may be conducted in-person, virtually, or a combination thereof. The Program Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that volunteer mentors, students, and school staff have a positive and meaningful experience.

Specifically, s/he will:

  • Ensure that the program starts smoothly, including solicitation of teacher
    referrals, student permission, re-matching or matching pairs, and other start-up
    tasks
  • Communicate regularly with Program Manager
  • Notify students, teachers and potentially parents/guardians of volunteer mentor
    cancellations or schedule changes
  • Communicate regularly with volunteer mentors, including monthly updates, and
    notification of student absences or changes in schedule
  • Facilitate and monitor reading sessions to ensure smooth operation of the program
  • Ensure that state and school guidelines for hygiene and
    safety are followed carefully and that rooms are left clean and orderly
  • Provide ongoing support and guidance to volunteer mentors on a general and
    case by case basis to address specific challenges as need arises
  • Document reading session attendance and participant information changes in the
    database
  • Collect mid-year volunteer mentor surveys, and year-end surveys and
    assessments from volunteer mentors, students and teachers, as applicable
  • Plan and implement year-end celebration (in person or adapted for virtual
    setting), as applicable
  • Attend Program Coordinator staff meetings, at the Wellesley office or virtually, 4-5 times a year
  • Facilitate other activities or tasks as requested

Qualifications: 1. Communicates well in person, on the telephone & via email. 2. Experience working with children. 3. Very organized, able to prioritize and multi-task. 4. Enthusiastic about children’s books, willingness to become familiar with the Read to a Child book collection. 5. Comfortable working with email, Word, Excel, and some data entry. 6. Comfortable working with and hosting group video conference platforms. 7. Professional, positive, self-directed approach. 8. Preferred – Experience managing a large number of volunteers

Hours: Two days a week, approximately 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. from September through June. Also, availability outside of these times for data entry, communications, and meetings as needed. Up to 10 hours per week. Start September, 2021.

Hourly Rate: $15.00 per hour and countless non-monetary rewards

To Apply: Send resume & cover letter outlining your suitability to the tasks and schedule outlined above to: azure.mauche@readtoachild.org NOTE: Your application will not be considered without a cover letter.

We believe that varied perspectives and backgrounds create a rich work environment and enhance our ability to pursue our mission. Join us as we continue to build an organization that fosters a work environment where people from all backgrounds are welcomed and valued. We are continuously motivated to act on our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion among reading mentors, board members, and staff.

Program Coordinator, Miami, FL

Downtown Miami Charter School

Read to a Child’s Read Aloud Mentoring Program pairs a volunteer mentor with an elementary school student for a rewarding weekly read aloud experience either during the child’s lunch or other non-instructional time.

The Program Coordinator is responsible for the planning and the daily operation of this program at the designated school. Depending on the needs of the school, coordination of the Read Aloud Mentoring Program may be conducted in-person, virtually, or a combination thereof. The Program Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that volunteer mentors, students, and school staff have a positive and meaningful experience.

The current open Program Coordinator role is an on-site position working in school directly with students. Successful candidates must be comfortable working in an in-school environment and in keeping with all COVID-19 safety protocols required by the school.

This role is extremely important to the program’s function and success and will be an integral part of a fun and collaborative team! Our Program Coordinators are truly the face of our program and make a real difference in the lives of our students every year.

Responsibilities may include some or all of the following, depending on the program’s needs:

  • Ensure that the program starts smoothly, including solicitation of teacher referrals, student permission, re-matching or matching pairs, and other start-up tasks
  • Communicate regularly with supervisor
  • Notify students, teachers and potentially parents/guardians of volunteer mentor cancellations or schedule changes
  • Communicate regularly with volunteer mentors, including regular program updates, and notification of student absences or changes in schedule
  • Provide ongoing support and guidance to volunteer mentors on a general and case by case basis to address specific challenges as need arises (with input from supervisor)
  • Provide volunteers with book ideas. If program is on site (i.e., not virtual), maintain an organized and inviting book cart for volunteers
  • Potentially provide logistical support to parents/guardians with respect to virtual sessions
  • Facilitate and monitor reading sessions to ensure smooth operation of program
  • If coordinating on-site, ensure that state and school guidelines for hygiene and safety are followed carefully and that rooms are left clean and orderly
  • Document reading session attendance and participant information changes in the database
  • Collect mid-year volunteer mentor surveys, and year-end surveys and assessments from volunteer mentors, students and teachers, as applicable
  • Plan and implement year-end celebration (in person or adapted for virtual setting), as applicable
  • Attend required Program Coordinator meetings
  • Support volunteer recruitment efforts
  • Facilitate other activities or tasks as requested
  • Submit timesheets accurately and on time
  • Participate in the Performance Evaluation and goal setting process

Key Qualifications

  • Commitment to Read to a Child’s mission, viability and growth
  • Experience working with young children
  • Enthusiastic about children’s books, willingness to become familiar with the Read to a Child book collection
  • Preferred – Experience managing volunteers
  • Communicates well in person, on the telephone & via email
  • Commitment to actively and continuously working toward achieving the organization’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion goals
  • Extremely organized and adept at successfully managing multiple projects simultaneously and prioritizing according to the organization’s strategic plan — with flexibility and a positive attitude
  • Comfortable working with and hosting group video conference platforms
  • Proficiency working with various technological platforms. Comfortable working with e-mail, Word, Excel, and some data entry
  • Access to transportation

Hours: Up to 4 days a week, hours will vary between approximately 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. from September through June. Also, some availability outside of these times for data entry, communications, and meetings as needed. Up to 10 hours per week.

Potential to fill in at more than one school site for additional hours.

Start: September/October 2021.

Hourly Rate: $15.00 per hour

To Apply: PLEASE SEND A RESUME AND COVER LETTER TO INFOMIAMI@READTOACHILD.ORG OUTLINING WHY YOU ARE A GOOD FIT FOR THIS POSITION AS WELL AS HOW THE HOURS WORK FOR YOUR SCHEDULE.

We believe that varied perspectives and backgrounds create a rich work environment and enhance our ability to pursue our mission. Join us as we continue to build an organization that fosters a work environment where people from all backgrounds are welcomed and valued. We are continuously motivated to act on our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion among reading mentors, board members, and staff.

Program Coordinator, Charlestown, MA

Harvard-Kent School, 50 Bunker Hill St, Charlestown, MA 02129

Read to a Child’s Read Aloud Mentoring Program pairs a volunteer mentor with an elementary school student for a rewarding weekly read aloud experience either during the child’s lunch or other non-instructional time. 

The Program Coordinator is responsible for the planning and the daily operation of this program at the designated school. Depending on the needs of the school, coordination of the Read Aloud Mentoring Program may be conducted in-person, virtually, or a combination thereof. The Program Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that volunteer mentors, students, and school staff have a positive and meaningful experience.

Specifically, s/he will:

  • Ensure that the program starts smoothly, including solicitation of teacher
    referrals, student permission, re-matching or matching pairs, and other start-up
    tasks
  • Communicate regularly with Program Manager
  • Notify students, teachers and potentially parents/guardians of volunteer mentor
    cancellations or schedule changes
  • Communicate regularly with volunteer mentors, including monthly updates, and
    notification of student absences or changes in schedule
  • Facilitate and monitor reading sessions to ensure smooth operation of the program
  • Ensure that state and school guidelines for hygiene and
    safety are followed carefully and that rooms are left clean and orderly
  • Provide ongoing support and guidance to volunteer mentors on a general and
    case by case basis to address specific challenges as need arises
  • Document reading session attendance and participant information changes in the
    database
  • Collect mid-year volunteer mentor surveys, and year-end surveys and
    assessments from volunteer mentors, students and teachers, as applicable
  • Plan and implement year-end celebration (in person or adapted for virtual
    setting), as applicable
  • Attend Program Coordinator staff meetings, at the Wellesley office or virtually, 4-5 times a year
  • Facilitate other activities or tasks as requested

Qualifications: 1. Communicates well in person, on the telephone & via email. 2. Experience working with children. 3. Very organized, able to prioritize and multi-task. 4. Enthusiastic about children’s books, willingness to become familiar with the Read to a Child book collection. 5. Comfortable working with email, Word, Excel, and some data entry. 6. Comfortable working with and hosting group video conference platforms. 7. Professional, positive, self-directed approach. 8. Preferred – Experience managing a large number of volunteers

Hours: Two days a week, approximately 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. from September through June. Also, availability outside of these times for data entry, communications, and meetings as needed. Up to 10 hours per week. Start September, 2021.

Hourly Rate: $15.00 per hour and countless non-monetary rewards

To Apply: Send resume & cover letter outlining your suitability to the tasks and schedule outlined above to: heidi.sampson@readtoachild.org NOTE: Your application will not be considered without a cover letter.

We believe that varied perspectives and backgrounds create a rich work environment and enhance our ability to pursue our mission. Join us as we continue to build an organization that fosters a work environment where people from all backgrounds are welcomed and valued. We are continuously motivated to act on our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion among reading mentors, board members, and staff.

Program Coordinator, Cambridge, MA

King Open School, 850 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141

Read to a Child’s Read Aloud Mentoring Program pairs a volunteer mentor with an elementary school student for a rewarding weekly read aloud experience either during the child’s lunch or other non-instructional time.

The Program Coordinator is responsible for the planning and the daily operation of this program at the designated school. Depending on the needs of the school, coordination of the Read Aloud Mentoring Program may be conducted in-person, virtually, or a combination thereof. The Program Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that volunteer mentors, students, and school
staff have a positive and meaningful experience.

Specifically, s/he will:

  • Ensure that the program starts smoothly, including solicitation of teacher
    referrals, student permission, re-matching or matching pairs, and other start-up
    tasks
  • Communicate regularly with Program Manager
  • Notify students, teachers and potentially parents/guardians of volunteer mentor
    cancellations or schedule changes
  • Communicate regularly with volunteer mentors, including monthly updates, and
    notification of student absences or changes in schedule
  • Facilitate and monitor reading sessions to ensure smooth operation of the program
  • Ensure that state and school guidelines for hygiene and
    safety are followed carefully and that rooms are left clean and orderly
  • Provide ongoing support and guidance to volunteer mentors on a general and
    case by case basis to address specific challenges as need arises
  • Document reading session attendance and participant information changes in the
    database
  • Collect mid-year volunteer mentor surveys, and year-end surveys and
    assessments from volunteer mentors, students and teachers, as applicable
  • Plan and implement year-end celebration (in person or adapted for virtual
    setting), as applicable
  • Attend Program Coordinator staff meetings, at the Wellesley office or virtually, 4-5 times a year
  • Facilitate other activities or tasks as requested

Qualifications: 1. Communicates well in person, on the telephone & via email. 2. Experience working with children. 3. Very organized, able to prioritize and multi-task. 4. Enthusiastic about children’s books, willingness to become familiar with the Read to a Child book collection. 5. Comfortable working with email, Word, Excel, and some data entry. 6. Comfortable working with and hosting group video conference platforms. 7. Professional, positive, self-directed approach. 8. Preferred – Experience managing a large number of volunteers

Hours: Two days a week, approximately 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. from September through June. Also, availability outside of these times for data entry, communications, and meetings as needed. Up to 10 hours per week. Start September, 2021.

Hourly Rate: $15.00 per hour and countless non-monetary rewards

To Apply: Send resume & cover letter outlining your suitability to the tasks and schedule outlined above to: heidi.sampson@readtoachild.org NOTE: Your application will not be considered without a cover letter.

We believe that varied perspectives and backgrounds create a rich work environment and enhance our ability to pursue our mission. Join us as we continue to build an organization that fosters a work environment where people from all backgrounds are welcomed and valued. We are continuously motivated to act on our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion among reading mentors, board members, and staff.

Program Coordinator, Cambridge, MA

Morse School, 40 Granite St, Cambridge, MA 02139

Read to a Child’s Read Aloud Mentoring Program pairs a volunteer mentor with an elementary school student for a rewarding weekly read aloud experience either during the child’s lunch or other non-instructional time. 

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The Program Coordinator is responsible for the planning and the daily operation of this program at the designated school. Depending on the needs of the school, coordination of the Read Aloud Mentoring Program may be conducted in-person, virtually, or a combination thereof. The Program Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that volunteer mentors, students, and school
staff have a positive and meaningful experience.

Specifically, s/he will:

  • Ensure that the program starts smoothly, including solicitation of teacher
    referrals, student permission, re-matching or matching pairs, and other start-up
    tasks
  • Communicate regularly with Program Manager
  • Notify students, teachers and potentially parents/guardians of volunteer mentor
    cancellations or schedule changes
  • Communicate regularly with volunteer mentors, including monthly updates, and
    notification of student absences or changes in schedule
  • Facilitate and monitor reading sessions to ensure smooth operation of the program
  • Ensure that state and school guidelines for hygiene and
    safety are followed carefully and that rooms are left clean and orderly
  • Provide ongoing support and guidance to volunteer mentors on a general and
    case by case basis to address specific challenges as need arises
  • Document reading session attendance and participant information changes in the
    database
  • Collect mid-year volunteer mentor surveys, and year-end surveys and
    assessments from volunteer mentors, students and teachers, as applicable
  • Plan and implement year-end celebration (in person or adapted for virtual
    setting), as applicable
  • Attend Program Coordinator staff meetings, at the Wellesley office or virtually, 4-5 times a year
  • Facilitate other activities or tasks as requested

Qualifications: 1. Communicates well in person, on the telephone & via email. 2. Experience working with children. 3. Very organized, able to prioritize and multi-task. 4. Enthusiastic about children’s books, willingness to become familiar with the Read to a Child book collection. 5. Comfortable working with email, Word, Excel, and some data entry. 6. Comfortable working with and hosting group video conference platforms. 7. Professional, positive, self-directed approach. 8. Preferred – Experience managing a large number of volunteers

Hours: Two days a week, approximately 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. from September through June. Also, availability outside of these times for data entry, communications, and meetings as needed. Up to 10 hours per week. Start September, 2021.

Hourly Rate: $15.00 per hour and countless non-monetary rewards

To Apply: Send resume & cover letter outlining your suitability to the tasks and schedule outlined above to: heidi.sampson@readtoachild.org NOTE: Your application will not be considered without a cover letter.

We believe that varied perspectives and backgrounds create a rich work environment and enhance our ability to pursue our mission. Join us as we continue to build an organization that fosters a work environment where people from all backgrounds are welcomed and valued. We are continuously motivated to act on our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion among reading mentors, board members, and staff.

Assistant Program Coordinator – Roxbury, MA

Maurice J. Tobin K-8 School, 40 Smith St., Roxbury Crossing MA 02120

Read to a Child’s Read Aloud Mentoring Program pairs a volunteer mentor with an elementary school student for a rewarding weekly read aloud experience either during the child’s lunch or other non-instructional time. 

The Assistant Coordinator is responsible for working in conjunction with the Lead Coordinator, ensuring that volunteer mentors, students, and school staff have a positive and meaningful experience. Depending on the needs of the school, coordination of the Read Aloud Mentoring Program may be conducted in-person, virtually, or a combination thereof. Specifically, s/he will assist the Coordinator with the following:

  • Ensure that the program starts smoothly, including solicitation of teacher
    referrals, student permission, re-matching or matching pairs, and other start-up
    tasks
  • Notify students, teachers and potentially parents/guardians of volunteer mentor
    cancellations or schedule changes
  • Communicate regularly with the Lead Coordinator, including weekly updates
  • Facilitate and monitor reading sessions to ensure smooth operation of the program
  • Assist the Lead Coordinator with mentor communications and updates
  • Support mentors with book choice and student engagement
  • Ensure that state and school guidelines for hygiene and safety are followed carefully and that rooms are left clean and orderly
  • In collaboration with the Lead Coordinator, plan and implement year-end celebration (in person or adapted for virtual setting), as applicable
  • Attend Program Coordinator staff meetings, at the Wellesley office or virtually, 4-5 times a year
  • Facilitate other activities or tasks as requested
  • Substitute for the Lead Coordinator as needed

Qualifications: Communicates well in person, on the telephone & via email. 2. Experience working with children. 3. Very organized, able to prioritize and multi-task. 4. Enthusiastic about children’s books, willingness to become familiar with the Read to a Child book collection. 5. Comfortable working with email, Word, Excel, and some data entry. 6. Comfortable working with and hosting group video conference platforms. 7. Professional, positive, self-directed approach

Hours: Three to four days a week, approximately 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. through June. Flexibility required. Also availability outside of these times for data entry, communications, and meetings as needed. 12-15 hours per week. Start September, 2021.

Hourly Rate: $15.00 per hour and countless non-monetary rewards

To Apply: Send resume & cover letter outlining your suitability to the tasks and schedule outlined above to: heidi.sampson@readtoachild.org NOTE: Your application will not be considered without a cover letter.

We believe that varied perspectives and backgrounds create a rich work environment and enhance our ability to pursue our mission. Join us as we continue to build an organization that fosters a work environment where people from all backgrounds are welcomed and valued. We are continuously motivated to act on our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion among reading mentors, board members, and staff.

Read to a Child® announces new Remote Read Aloud Program video series with Support from the Guru Krupa Foundation

Wellesley, MA, July 26, 2021 – National literacy and mentoring non-profit Read to a Child® today announced a new summer series of videos in its Remote Read Aloud Program, beginning with children’s author and former New England Patriot Malcolm Mitchell reading ‘My Very Favorite Book in the Whole Wide World’ and answering questions from a classroom of second grade students at the Maurice J. Tobin School in Boston. Thanks to permission from publisher Scholastic Inc., the entire 30 minute video is available on YouTube here or at https://tinyurl.com/MalcolmMitchellRemoteReadAloud.

Supported by a $12,000 grant from the Guru Krupa Foundation, Read to a Child is, once again, bringing the magic of the read aloud experience to students’ screens with visually interactive and educational videos that center on important themes of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. The entire new series of Remote Read Aloud Program videos, which will be available on Read to a Child’s YouTube channel, will also include personal information from each author as well as lively Q&A sessions with the children on the call.

Read to a Child is creating the new summer series of videos based upon the overwhelming need for literacy support and read aloud content for children during the summer months to combat both ‘Summer Slide’ – a loss of academic gains achieved during the previous school year due to lack of daily practice when school is not in session – and learning loss from the effects of COVID school closures and attempts at remote learning.

In the first video in the new Remote Read Aloud series, Malcolm Mitchell joined Tobin school 2nd grade students for an inspirational, virtual “story hour.” In his new book ‘My Very Favorite Book in the Whole Wide World,’ which is illustrated by Michael Robinson, Malcolm pulls from his own challenges and triumphs with literacy to deliver an empowering message that every story has the potential to become a favorite.  After listening to the story, students ask Malcolm questions about his literacy journey that inspired the tale and his writing process.

“As one my foundation’s premiere partners, I am grateful that Read to a Child has provided me with numerous opportunities to read to children over the years,” said Malcolm Mitchell, founder of Share the Magic Foundation. “I consider these opportunities my ‘big game’ moments and I was thrilled to be able to read aloud my new book to children in the Remote Read Aloud Program.”

“We thank Malcolm and Share the Magic Foundation for their wonderful partnership in kicking off our new summer series and the Guru Krupa Foundation for its generous grant to fund our Remote Read Aloud Program as we find ways to reach more students with powerful read aloud experiences,” said Paul Lamoureux, CEO of Read to a Child. “This program, as well as our aligned missions in improving children’s literacy, continues to bring us closer to our vision that every child has the resources to develop a love of reading and has an equal opportunity to thrive in school and beyond.”

“We welcome this opportunity to partner with Read to a Child in improving the lives of children in under resourced communities,” said Mukund Padmanabhan, President of the Guru Krupa Foundation. “The Remote Read Aloud Program is a wonderful way to bring the library to a child’s home, help develop their love of reading and enable children to thrive.”

About Malcolm Mitchell:
Among Malcolm’s numerous awards and accomplishments both on and off the field, he considers discovering a love of reading his greatest achievement. Initially, reading was a challenge; however, through perseverance, books became an avenue for expanding his curiosity, creativity and learning. Through literacy Malcolm has authored and published children’s books, created a youth literacy initiative called Read with Malcolm, and established Share the Magic Foundation to transform lives through literacy.

About Remote Read Aloud Program:

Read to a Child initially launched its Remote Read Aloud Program and a series of 6 read aloud videos in the summer of 2020 as an initiative to provide supplemental read aloud content to students learning from home during the COVID-19 pandemic and to inspire students and their families to establish daily read aloud practices. Read to a Child’s summer 2021 series is based upon the overwhelming need for literacy support for children during the summer months to combat both ‘Summer Slide’ – a loss of academic gains achieved during the previous school year due to lack of daily practice when school is not in session – and learning loss from the effects of COVID school closures and attempts at remote learning.

About Read to a Child:

Read to a Child (readtoachild.org) is a national literacy and mentoring non-profit that fosters a love of reading, improves literacy skills and develops confidence in children at under-resourced schools through enriching read aloud experiences with caring adults. Research shows that reading aloud to children is the single most important activity for eventual success in reading, a key factor for success in school, work, and life.  Read to a Child’s Read Aloud Mentoring Program deploys thousands of volunteer reading mentors who read regularly to elementary students at under-resourced schools in the greater metro areas of Boston, Detroit, Hartford, Los Angeles, and Miami. Read to a Child also reaches and inspires thousands more children across the country in its Remote Read Aloud Program and Celebrity Reading Program where notable authors, celebrities, athletes and politicians read aloud to groups of children either online or in-person.

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Media contact:
Natalie Ellis
Development and Communications Manager
Read to a Child
natalie.ellis@readtoachild.org
(910) 585-0367