Reading Partners Baltimore is looking for 600 community volunteers for its individualized tutoring program, which is set to resume in person this fall for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
The national nonprofit organization, which plans to launch the program at 14 Baltimore city schools in coming weeks, provides students in under-resourced schools with one-on-one reading support to help them reach grade level by fourth grade, according to a news release Wednesday. Reading Partners had pivoted to an online tutoring program during the pandemic, but incoming executive director Zenobia Judd-Williams said officials were thrilled to resume in-person tutoring.
“We know that one-on-one tutoring makes all the difference as students progress on their journey to grade-level reading,” Judd-Williams said in the release. “Our longtime tutors are eager to return to school buildings, and we cannot wait to connect both new and returning tutors with a student at a reading center this fall.”
Volunteers must be 14-years or older and be able to pass a background check. Officials are asking volunteers to sign up on the Reading Partners website and commit to one hour of tutoring per week.
Judd-Williams comes to Reading Partners from The SEED School, a statewide college-preparatory public boarding school.
“I believe that everyone has a part to play in supporting students, especially as we grapple with educational inequities that were only exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Zenobia Judd-Williams, Executive Director of Reading Partners Baltimore.