What is the Read Aloud Mentoring Program?
In Read to a Child’s Read Aloud Mentoring Program (RAMP), an adult is partnered one-on-one with a student attending one of our partner elementary schools for a rewarding, weekly read aloud experience. The relationship typically lasts for the entire school year and often extends for multiple years through the end of fourth grade. Reading pairs are supported by an on-site Program Coordinator, employed by Read to a Child, and are provided access to a wide selection of appropriate books to read.
The simple act of reading aloud to a child once a week, over time, can have a profound impact on the child’s future. The Read Aloud Mentoring Program also offers the adult a convenient, joyful, and meaningful way to give back.
Interested in volunteering? Keep reading!
WHERE ARE THE PROGRAMS AND SCHOOLS LOCATED?
We are located in the greater metropolitan areas of Boston, Detroit, Hartford, Los Angeles, and Miami. Find your location’s tab under locations, above, and navigate to the “participating schools” section to see if you are located near one of our schools.
WHEN DOES THE PROGRAM TAKE PLACE? WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?
The commitment is 20-30 minutes a week for roughly the duration of the school year, excluding holidays and vacations. In our virtual program, volunteers will participate by video from their homes. Timing details will differ by location and school.
HOW ARE THE CHILDREN SELECTED FOR THE PROGRAM?
Typically, our students are those who are willing and able to participate in the program and would benefit from one or more of the following: 1) Increased enthusiasm for books and reading, 2) English literacy support including listening comprehension and vocabulary, and 3) One-on-one time spent with a caring adult.
I’VE NEVER BEEN A READING MENTOR. WILL I RECEIVE ANY TRAINING?
Yes. All volunteers will receive instructions to complete an online or phone training, which usually takes less than an hour.
MY JOB KEEPS ME BUSY. HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE?
The Read Aloud Mentoring Program is designed to be flexible and convenient, allowing busy professionals to volunteer. You may pair up with a colleague to be matched with the same student, alternating weeks. Also, if something important comes up, you can ask your Program Coordinator if it is possible to switch your session to another reading day that week.
ONCE I JOIN THE PROGRAM, WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE A QUESTION OR CAN’T MAKE IT TO MY SCHEDULED READING SESSION FOR THE WEEK?
A Read to a Child Program Coordinator provides volunteer support at each school site. Contact your Program Coordinator to ask questions or notify them that you need to cancel or reschedule your session for another day that week.
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
Navigate to your location’s main webpage from the dropdown under the Locations tab, above. Find the link to inquire or apply on your location’s main page. Please note that there are a limited number of individual volunteer opportunities in some locations or schools.
What are the primary goals of the Read Aloud Mentoring Program?
1. Provide support to under-resourced schools by connecting students with volunteer reading mentors
2. To generate students’ enthusiasm for books and reading
3. To improve students’ literacy skills
4. To increase students’ self-confidence through weekly attention from their mentors
5. To provide adults with a flexible, convenient, and meaningful volunteer experience