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Susan Shawl

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Review for Reading Partners, Oakland, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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.

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?


Role:  Volunteer & I spent 1 day each week, 45 minutes per session, working one-on-one with two students .