Mission: We envision a future in which all children in this nation have the reading skills they need to reach their full potential.
Reading Partners is committed to helping children become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction with measurable results.
Results: Reading Partners is focused on data and results. We are dedicated to ensuring that every investment made in the success of our students leads to a measurable increase in reading skills. During the 2015-16 school year:
• 77% of students accelerated their progress in reading.
• 97% of teachers report Reading Partners is valuable to their school.
• 96% of volunteers are satisfied with their experience.
• 86% of principals noted school-wide progress in reading.
Target demographics: students who are reading six months to two-and-a-half years below grade level
Geographic areas served: low-income schools across the country
Programs: We recruit and train community volunteers to work one-on-one with students by following a structured, research-based curriculum.
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.
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