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Reading Partners
Last updated on May 18, 2016


Reading Partners' mission is to expand the life opportunities of children in low-income communities by empowering them with strong literacy skills.

Reading Partners is a nonprofit organization that provides literacy intervention programs at elementary schools in low-income communities. At each school, our program transforms a classroom into a Reading Center, and recruits community volunteers from all walks of life to serve as one-on-one tutors for students who are reading below grade level.

Volunteers work with one student for at least one semester, using a highly structured curriculum that was developed in partnership with Stanford University. No previous experience is required, as all initial training and ongoing support is provided by a full-time staff Site Coordinator, who supervises volunteers and acts as the link between our program and the school.

Our theory of change holds that community involvement in traditionally underserved public schools is a critical component for student achievement and success. Reading Partners supports teachers and schools by providing structured, curriculum-based and results-oriented reading support to children who may otherwise not have an opportunity for individualized reading attention.

For more information about Reading Partners, please visit our website at: www.readingpartners.org

Reading Partners (formerly YES Reading) was founded by three community leaders committed to improving children's literacy and life opportunities. In 1999, Mary Wright Shaw, Molly McCrory and Jean Bacigalupi launched the program at Belle Haven Elementary School in Menlo Park.

Between 1999 and 2008, the program expanded to include additional schools in the Peninsula region, and also opened new Reading Centers at school sites in San Jose, San Francisco, and the East Bay.

In 2010, Reading Partners received a grant from the New Schools Venture Fund to add its first school sites outside California, in Washington DC. The next year, the program received a $3.5m Social Innovation Fund (SIF) investment from The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, which allowed them to open 25 additional school sites, including 7 sites in New York City.

Reading Partners currently operates reading centers in 101 elementary school sites nationwide, in California, Colorado, Texas, Maryland, Washington DC, and New York.

Contact person: Reading Partners, Volunteer Coordinator, (phone), (email)


 National Office
106 Linden Street, Suite 202

Oakland, CA 94607
(See a map)

Web Site: http://www.readingpartners.org
Last updated on May 18, 2016

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