Monday, December 5, 2011

'Reading Partners' Volunteer Program

I have recently started volunteering with the 'Reading Partners' program and think it's a really worthwhile scheme.  It is 1 to 1 tutor program which takes place in certain schools in Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens.

Each week you partner with the same child for one or two 45-minute sessions and work through the lesson plans provided by the program.  The lessons are very easy to follow and the tutor is given a step-by-step guide on how to teach the concept to the child.  It is great for the child to have the same tutors on a regular basis and the program has made a real difference to those taking part.  The program is very well organised and there is always someone on hand to answer questions and offer support.  They provide training before you start and throughout the school year.  It is lots of fun and the children really look forward to the reading partner sessions.

Volunteers must commit to at least one session a week for a minimum of one semester, but they will be extremely grateful if you can do more.  If you can't commit to anything on a regular basis you can sign up to be a substitute tutor and volunteer as and when you can.  Also, for those expats who cannot get a social security number they do international background checks so you can still sign up for the program.

For more information about the program and to sign up visit

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