Want to be an initiator of change for the future of Kansas City? There are opportunities all around the city to help our kids achieve 3rd grade reading proficiency. Help young readers practice their literacy skills, and learn new ones, by engaging with them on a one-on-one basis. Want to volunteer over your lunch hour? How about after work? More interested in a one-time event? Great! There are many opportunities to fit your interests and schedule. Fill out the form below to get started.
Lead to Read KC. Lead to Read connects trusted, caring adult volunteers (called Readers) with kids in grades 1 through 4 from every walk of life. Once a week, for 30 minutes, Readers and kids explore the world by reading books provided by the children’s teachers, in the safety and security of an elementary school classroom.
The Phoenix Family. HIKE Reading Labs give children who are struggling to learn to read the one-to-one attention they need to build their confidence and help them catch up with their reading. Reading sessions are relaxed and fun and by working together, you can help give a child the vital skills they need to read, grow, and succeed. Reading Labs take place during the after-school program, Monday through Thursday in three shifts each day: 4:30 – 5:45 p.m., 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., and 5:15 – 6:30 p.m.
Upper Room. The Upper Room’s Summer Academic Program is an opportunity to improve the educational outcomes of children in the Kansas City community. The program provides academic and enrichment opportunities for students entering Kindergarten – 8th grade (volunteers work primarily with 1st – 3rd grade students, unless otherwise requested). Students focus on reading with the help of certified teachers and volunteer tutors (that could be YOU)!
Reach Out and Read KC. Reach Out and Read Kansas City volunteer readers create literacy-rich waiting rooms at pediatrician and doctor’s offices, read aloud to children, and model book sharing activities to parents. This opportunity will not only enhance a child’s life but will also enrich your life as you see the delight that reading brings to each child. Volunteer reader shifts are available Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and are flexible to accommodate your schedule.
JumpStart. By being a Jumpstart Readers Program Volunteer you will spend time in an early childhood classroom for one hour each week. During that time you will read a pre-selected book, play a word game, and vocabulary bingo. Volunteers are asked to make a minimum of an 8 week commitment (1 hour per week). Jumpstart will provide training and materials as well as connect volunteers with preschool classrooms.