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November 21, 2010

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November 21, 2010

I have been volunteering with Reading Partners at an elementary school in Mountain View for the past three years. It matches adult volunteer tutors with children who are about a grade behind in their reading skills. Most of the children served are English language learners. It has a well thought through curriculum, combining books and worksheets, with a lot of supporting material in the reading center so tutors can mix things up, using games, flash cards, books, white boards for writing, and so on. Younger children are typically worked on a basic reading course, from alphabet to phonics, while the younger children are working on comprehension. The program does not believe that being able simply to read the words is enough. Children learn to retell stories, identify characters/settings, pick out story morals and so on. One weakness is that the center directors typically change every year because they are drawn from Americorps. That said, the center directors seem to get good support from the organization and are very helpful in suggesting new approaches with the kids.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the children I have tutored gain in skill and confidence in their reading in English.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have more continuity with the center directors.

September 18, 2008

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September 18, 2008

I have been working with Reading Partners for a full year. I have found them to be extremely dedicated people. They have good resources and very good people.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the improvement of the reading skills of the children who are in the program.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue the good work that it is performing.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with the child all school year.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extroadinarily concerned about the children's welfare as well as their reading levels.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

it would be able to hire more staff and spread out to many more schools.

Ways to make it better...

I could have spent more time in the program.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finding more volunteers.

One thing I'd also say is that...

it has been an enjoyable experience for me.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

September 18, 2008

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September 18, 2008

Reading Partners provides a very thorough training for those that believe reading is a must to a successful life. I firmly believe that this organization will reach many children that would otherwise be left far behind. With the school funding not being able to provide anything extra, this program gives schools anotoher option to service their students. Everyone at Reading Partners has been positive and definitely have a passion for this very important need. I have had a wonderful experience so far with this organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

student improvement in reading grade.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change nothing.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being able to interact with children and seeing their faces when things click.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All have been helpful, friendly and positive.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand their sites throughout the country and help many children. I feel reading enables anyone to accomplish many things in life and in particular will help these children in other subjects as well.

Ways to make it better...

I personally could volunteer more time.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

nothing.

Should this review be counted for a specific campaign?

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

September 17, 2008

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September 17, 2008

I've been a tutor at Reading Partners for 3 years and have had nothing but great experiences. The program is well organized and has a curriculum that makes me feel like I'm making a difference each time I tutor. Space in the program is limited so kids who participate are there because they really want to learn. And the staff is organized and helpful. I highly recommend this program.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the improvement in each student's reading skills.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the students they serve.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

organized and helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help even more students.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

September 17, 2008

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September 17, 2008

I completed 1 school year as a tutor with YES Reading, now known as Reading Partners and have found it a very well run, supportive program bringing value to both students and their teachers. I have "re-enlisted" to continue working with 2 students/week for this coming school year. The particular staff I had the privilege to be in contact with bent over backwards to make sure that I had all the training and materials necessary to assist my students.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The improvement in reading skills for both of the students I worked with was an inspiration.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would allow more interaction between tutors and students, outside of the tutoring room. There are very strict boundaries which I feel are unnecessarily inhibiting.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

This program is designed in such a way that the students want to participate in it - they feel lucky to have been selected to have a tutor all to themselves. They come willingly so are fun to work with.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All staff have been very professional and caring people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

I'm not privy to this aspect of their organization.

Ways to make it better...

It was fine, as is.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

I think that if there were more volunteer tutors willing to give their time, that Reading Partners could provide more students with this valuable one-on-one support.

Should this review be counted for a specific campaign?

I am a retired design professional - without any prior teaching or tutoring experience.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

September 16, 2008

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September 16, 2008

Turtoring one on one with a struggling school child brings such joy into my life! As I work together with the child, I love to watch eyes sparkle, smiles spread across the face as we work together to learn to love reading. I view my role as not only to teach the mechanics but also the joy of reading as new worlds open up through books. Part of my role, I believe, is to be a cheerleader and talk about college to encourage high expectations. And, of course, together we develop a friendship as we joke together and share stories. One girl told me she loved Fridays because that was the day we read together. This made my heart sing! And that is why Reading Partners not only helps the child, but also the school and all of society as we help children succeed. It is the best thing I have ever done, other than raising my own children. Judie Fernandez, Menlo Park, CA tutor at Castro School, Mt. View, CA

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

happier students, higher test scores. Love of books.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hope to get more people, more money, more space

More feedback...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing I am helping a child read and love books.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

outstanding

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand into many more schools

Ways to make it better...

I had more time.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money and space

Should this review be counted for a specific campaign?

none

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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