Our children need a strong early start in reading development, and many need to catch up on their reading skills from lingering effects of the pandemic. Our schools are doing all they can but more time, attention and skill building is needed to help children prepare for the future. This can be achieved through volunteers, who are able to provide close attention and supplement other learning channels that our children have. Sharing your time, love and joy of reading will do much to develop and strengthen a child’s ability and appreciation for reading.
You’ve lived a great life but still have a lot to offer.
Many who have experienced the challenges and rewards of building skills in children, find themselves at a place in life where time can be invested in other’s lives. As a volunteer reading-mentor, you may be retired or out of professional life and still have love and time to give to change a life. It may be that you simply care a lot, about working as a community to help
You are preparing for a career in education and can gain practical experience
Our colleges and universities continue to build and prepare educational professionalsut often practical application and time working with children’s reading development is part of your journey. If you are learning as well, you will find real life experience working with a wide demographic of children ready to learn.
Make a big difference, with a manageable commitment
We are looking for volunteers who are able to commit as little as 4 hours per month, although more time can be given if you choose. These can be in 1 or 2 hour teaching sessions, all occurring between 3:00 and 7:00 PM (after school). Our methodology is built around short term services repeated regularly. This means you can work with 3 to 4 students in one hour. This brief time, when maintained and managed over the breadth of the curriculum will produce strong readers without extended or difficult volunteer efforts.
Be part of a network of people giving of themselves and gain new friends
Our staff and volunteers will be working together in many ways and are certain to build bonds of friendship, collegiality and shared mission. This is a new effort and we expect to hear from and listen to those who are helping to build this vital new service. You will certainly develop affection for the students you assist, but you will be part of a broader community of people who are truly giving of themselves for a great purpose.
Know that you are not alone, and will be well trained and supported in achieving goals
Requirements for volunteers include:
- Must be 15 years of age
- No educational requirements, but should feel confident in personal reading
- Completion of an application
- Scheduled for interview with Little Fox staff
- Voluntary background check
- Completion of online Child Safety course
- 4 Hours of training (2 – two hour sessions)
- Commitment of at least 4 hours per month.
You will be supported, trained, and among a similar group of caring individuals who are working hard to create a safe, positive and effective space to advance early and developmental reading.