Dec19Tutorweb“One hour can empower!”

Reading Partners aims to match 1,400 community volunteers with 800 elementary students struggling to read in the Greater LA Area. By tutoring a student one-on-one for as little as an hour a week, volunteers can make an impact that can quite literally alter the course of a child’s educational experience and life.

“This was my first year with Reading Partners and I have been impressed with my student's growth! I learned a lot about motivation, teaching styles and patience that were valuable not only within the classroom but in my personal life as well. I appreciate that I was able to find a way to volunteer within my community with the available time I have on a consistent basis.” - A Reading Partners volunteer at Jackson Elementary

The need is real.

In California, only 18% of economically disadvantaged students are reading proficiently by the fourth grade. The nationwide trends are similar—nearly nine million elementary school students from low-income homes are unable to use reading as a foundational skill to power their learning in all subjects in school. Without developing the reading skills needed to read on grade level, kids don’t have an equitable chance to succeed in school or in life. In fact, students who can’t read by fourth grade are four times more likely to not earn a high school diploma.

Reading Partners is a proven literacy program that partners with local public schools.

Reading Partners continues to build on its history of successfully advancing early literacy in the LA area. A national nonprofit organization, Reading Partners collaborates with community volunteers and local public schools to provide students in under-resourced schools with the proven, individualized reading intervention they need to read at grade level by fourth grade. Reading Partners collaborates with teachers and principals at local public elementary schools to identify students reading behind grade level and provide them with personalized literacy instruction in a dedicated “reading center” space at their school.

Each year, Reading Partners publishes student impact reports for the national organization and for each of its 13 respective regions across the country. The impact reports for the 2018-19 school year have recently been posted on and include the following highlights.

-  In the Greater LA area: 833 students were matched with nearly 1,400 community volunteers at 13 partner schools who delivered a total of over 30,000 tutoring sessions over the course of the year.

-  Among Reading Partners’ youngest students in the LA area, 92% are developing mastery of key foundational reading skills needed to read at grade level.

-  Based on survey responses, 93% of principals report improved school-wide reading progress, 100% of teachers report Reading Partners is valuable to their school and 96% of volunteers were satisfied with their Reading Partners experience.

“We are so proud of our students and the progress they made this past school year. Reading Partners students’ achievements reached unprecedented heights in the 2018-19, and we look forward to seeing even better results this school year!” - Laura Zachar, Executive Director at Reading Partners Los Angeles

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