My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Reading Partners, Oakland, CA, USA
I have been volunteering with Reading Partners for about 6 months. I absolutely adore this program. Not only is it a great resource for kids who are falling behind, it's also an awesome volunteer opportunity for adults who are VERY busy. I'm an entrepreneur, and although my work schedule is flexible, I still don't have a lot of hours per week to devote to volunteer work. My weekly commitment to Reading Partners is exactly TWO hours, including the drive! And for that small amount of time, I'm making a HUGE difference in the life of a child.
When I first joined Reading Partners, I expected to find students who were resistant to learning and annoyed by having to participate in the program. Never in a million years did I think I would see kids excitedly running to join us, eager to give up their recess and time with friends to have the one-on-one attention of a tutor. It's an amazing program, and I highly recommend it.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Where in society DON'T you see the results of this organization? This non-profit impacts every aspect of our lives and communities. Personally, my student started below grade level and is now almost ahead of her class. It's unbelievable.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Add more initial training (possibly a take home workbook explaining basic reading techniques, with a glossary of terms). Some of us can't remember basic things from elementary school, even though we still manage to get by! :)