Reading Success has adapted its program for the 2020-2021 school year in order to link 1st through 3rd-grade students with volunteer reading tutors online. The program provides a flexible, convenient, rewarding, and impactful way for volunteers to connect with a student and contribute to their love for reading and future success.
Volunteers will tutor students virtually utilizing the Google Meet platform through Waukegan Public Schools. Teachers will select students for one-on-one tutoring and volunteers will be matched with students based on their availability. All tutoring will take place during the school day.
A selection of books matched to the students’ reading level is provided in a guided format including interactive ebooks and reading quizzes. Together, the volunteer and student read through the book then discuss the questions on the quiz. The program tracks each students’ reading progress.
We are looking for volunteers to commit to a minimum of two 30-minute sessions per week. You should enjoy reading with children, be comfortable using email and internet links, and have a desktop, laptop, or tablet computer.
Volunteers must also pass the background check required by both United Way and Waukegan School District. It is free, confidential, and only takes about a minute to complete. Volunteers will receive tutor training and then get paired with a student (or students). Ongoing support is provided by the teacher, United Way, and the volunteering platform.
To apply to be a volunteer reading tutor, complete our application form by clicking the button below. For more information, please email Sue.Baehr@uwlakeco.org.