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Whether you’ve decided to become a reader, tutor or mentor, you will be making a tremendous impact in the life of a young person!

In some cases, the organization you volunteer with may offer training for their education volunteers before you begin volunteering.  You can also participate in United Way trainings at no cost. View the Education Volunteer Training Schedule.

United Way also offers additional resources with tips and advice as you begin your education volunteer experience as a volunteer reader tutor or mentor

Volunteer Readers

The foundation for reading reaches a critical juncture between kindergarten and third grade, when children develop the skills to find meaning in written text. Reading with children engages them in storytelling, opens their minds, and unlocks their imagination. It is a great way for volunteers to support literacy development. As a child grows, reading becomes increasingly important for understanding the world, achieving academic success and succeeding in the workforce.

Resources for Volunteer Readers

Volunteer Tutors

The foundation for tutoring reaches a critical juncture starting with third grade, when children’s reading skills enable them to learn and retain knowledge. Tutoring - instructing a child one-on-one or in small groups - has positive effects on academic performance, especially with at-risk children experiencing reading problems. The literacy skills and academic supports that children and young people receive through tutoring put them on the path toward high school, college and career success.

Resources for Volunteer Tutors

Volunteer Mentors

Sometimes kids just need to know that someone believes in them. Children and youth need more than academic supports to make it through school successfully. Caring adults support and guide them through their early years. Parents are a foundational resource to their children, but other adults can provide support as well by becoming mentors. Adult mentors provide emotional support that enhances a child’s self-esteem, fosters self-control, and provides guidance and advice that many teens may be uncomfortable seeking from their parents. They can also provide college and career guidance, and encouragement to stay in school.

Resources for Volunteer Mentors

Education Volunteer Infographic