ReadingPals

Who We Are

ReadingPals is a statewide early literacy initiative that provides volunteer mentors for kindergarten students who may need extra help, utilizing one-on-one or small group settings. ReadingPals offers volunteers an opportunity to build meaningful relationships with young children in Florida, while helping them improve their social-emotional development and early literacy skills. ReadingPals is designed by The Children’s Movement of Florida and administered through 17 United Ways — with the help of numerous community partners across the state.

45% of children in Florida are not ready for Kindergarten and 43% of Florida students cannot read at a minimally proficient level by the end of third grade. Additionally, studies show that children with mentors are more confident and have fewer behavioral problems. Early intervention and individualized attention gives students the best likelihood of success.

What Do We Hope To Achieve?

  • MENTORING: To build genuine, impactful relationships between students and our volunteer mentors.
  • EARLY LITERACY: To improve students’ understanding of the fundamental building blocks of early literacy.
  • SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT: To help students build a strong social-emotional foundation through self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making.

What We Do

For 30 minutes to 1-hour each week, a ReadingPals volunteer spends time with a pair of kindergartners, reading a book, completing activities, and developing skills that the children will need for success in school.  Each child participating in the ReadingPals initiative also receives at least ten books to help build their home library. 

What Else Can I Do?

ReadingPals volunteers see the importance of early education first-hand, and gain exposure to the challenges many teachers and students face in the classroom. We hope the ReadingPals experience will inspire our volunteers to become advocates alongside The Children’s Movement, promoting greater investment in Florida’s youngest children. Learn more at www.childrensmovementflorida.org


Volunteer Information:

If you are interested in becoming a ReadingPals Volunteer, sign up here

Columbia County Volunteer Online Signup 

Suwannee County Volunteer registration form.


Kara

Kara

ReadingPals Coordinator

386-752-5604 Extension 105

readingpals@unitedwsv.org

2019 ReadingPals Calendar

2019 Reading Pals Calendar

2020 ReadingPals Calendar

2020 Reading Pals Calendar