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Greater Hartford’s Main Location Page

About Greater Hartford’s Program

Since 1998, the Read Aloud Mentoring Program in Greater Hartford has built literacy skills and enthusiasm for reading and books in thousands of underprivileged, elementary school students.  Twenty years later, this important work continues!  Read to a Child is proud to partner adult volunteers, hailing from local corporations, businesses and community organizations, with close to 200 students for weekly read aloud sessions during the students’ lunch period.

Today, as Connecticut faces the largest achievement gap in the nation and its municipalities struggle with economic challenges, the critical need to improve literacy skills and foster a love of reading is more urgent than ever. In fact, in the city of Hartford alone, there are 7500 public school students in kindergarten through grade four, who could benefit by participating in our Read Aloud Mentoring Program.

We need your support to bring the Read Aloud Mentoring Program to ALL of these students!  In the words of a Hartford school principal, “The Lunchtime Reading Program serves our most vulnerable students, who feel school is too tough or have lost their passion for reading.  The Program and its volunteers ignite a spark in them and give them a sense of family and community beyond school walls.”

Help light that spark! Please join us – as a corporate partner, individual donor or volunteer reader!

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Main Los Angeles Page

About Los Angeles’ Program

Read to a Child’s Los Angeles office began operating in 2002, serving children in Los Angeles county.  Currently, we are working to offer a Virtual Read Aloud Mentoring Program to our partner schools. The Los Angeles office enjoys support from many of the city’s largest firms that extend their community impact through responsible corporate citizenry by partnering with Read to a Child to provide volunteers and resources to support our mission. Currently, nearly 250 corporate volunteers are opening up the world of reading one lunchtime at a time. To learn more about corporate sponsorship opportunities and volunteering with Read to a Child Los Angeles contact us at infola@readtoachild.org.

If you are interested in volunteering at one of our Los Angeles Schools, please first familiarize yourself with our Read Aloud Mentoring Program, verify that you are able to make the weekly commitment throughout the school year, and determine if one of our school locations is convenient for you. Once you are ready to enroll, reach out to us at infola@readtoachild.org.

Main location page for Miami

About Miami’s Program

Read to a Child’s Miami office began operating in 2006 and was founded by a former Boston employee who was inspired to bring the program to children in her hometown of Miami.  Currently, the Read to a Child Read Aloud Mentoring Program is offered at two Miami-Dade Public Schools.

If you are interested in volunteering at one of our Miami Schools:

Please first familiarize yourself with our Read Aloud Mentoring Program, verify that you are able to make the weekly lunchtime commitment throughout the school year, and determine if one of our school locations is convenient for you.  NOTE 6/29/20: We are preparing to offer the option of adapted virtual programming. Check back in soon for an update or contact Kaela Mento at kaela.mento@readtoachild.org. 

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Detroit Main Location Page

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About Detroit’s Program

In 2012, Read to a Child’s Detroit program began operating at Bow Elementary School to address the growing concerns regarding 3rd grade literacy in Metro Detroit elementary schools. After a successful test market launch, the Region has grown to support 4 schools in Detroit and Pontiac, delivering over 2500 one on one Read Aloud Mentoring Sessions since its inception.  Although we have made significant impact on the success of the students served, 3rd grade reading competency is still an area of concern for Michigan children, particularly in underserved communities.

Read to a Child Detroit is committed to building capacity which will allow us to expand our platform for community collaboration with the purpose of spreading the joy of reading to support literacy growth for children in grades K-4.  We are proud to support volunteer readers from a vast array of corporations, community organizations and civic institutions including Detroit Renaissance Lions Club, DTE Energy, FCA Automobiles, Fleishman Hillard, Level One Bank, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Quicken Loans, Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and many more.  The program is continuing to seek additional partners to expand its programming options.


Volunteer Today

++ Are you familiar with the Read Aloud Mentoring Program?

++ Can you commit 30 minutes once a week for 30 weeks (or biweekly if you have a reading partner)? Applications are accepted on a rolling basis in order to provide a mentor to wait-listed students.

++ Are you in close proximity to one of our school partner locations?

NOTE 6/29/20: We are preparing to offer the option of adapted virtual programming. Check back in soon for an update or contact us at infodetroit@readtoachild.org. 

 

Read to a Child Location Boston

About Boston’s Program

Read to a Child’s Read Aloud Mentoring Program in Greater Boston launched in 2002. The program currently serves over 800 at-risk children through nearly 1,100 volunteer reading mentors who participate each week at a local school. The Read Aloud Mentoring Program is offered at 16 public elementary schools in Greater Boston. Our volunteers come from our many corporate partners. Please note that the number of individual volunteer opportunities is limited at some of our schools.

If you are interested in volunteering as an individual volunteer, please first familiarize yourself with our Read Aloud Mentoring Program, verify that you are able to make the weekly lunchtime commitment throughout the school year, and determine if one of our school locations is convenient for you. Once you have done this, please reach out to us at kristen.baxter@readtoachild.org.

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