Literacy Program needs teen mentors for young readers
If you've spent any amount of time with a child, you know that their lives are filled with firsts. From their first word to first step to first day of school, they are constantly in motion, discovering everything for the first time. When it comes to a child's education, these firsts are particularly important because the foundation educators lay often impacts a child's future
It is precisely because of this that Aspire Education Project, an Oakland-based nonprofit, runs Community Reading Buddies each summer. Since 1994, CRB has paired young learners with junior high and high school volunteers, using games and activities as a springboard for positive educational experiences. As an early literacy development program, CRB strives to instill a love of reading by not only by fusing fun and education, but by modeling the importance of positive attitudes and lifelong learning.
This summer, CRB will run at two locations in Oakland and one in Berkeley, with programming commencing on June 17th. As youth volunteers are a central pillar of CRB, we are currently in search of 7th-12th graders who enjoy working with children and want to use their knowledge to help young learners start off on the right foot.
Volunteers receive training, including guidance on teaching methodologies and classroom management. Perhaps more importantly though, volunteers learn first hand how to teach and lead others. This sort of empowerment and connection to others in their community is what leads of many of our volunteers to return to the program each summer. Interested parents or students can learn more and sign up on Aspire's website at: