Read Tutor Mentor

About Read Tutor Mentor

Through Read Tutor Mentor, caring volunteers working with students of all ages have the power to help boost academic achievement and put young people on track towards a brighter future. There are over 100 children in our community on a waiting list to be paired with someone willing to invest time in their success. Whether you want to volunteer for a day or make a longer commitment, there are several programs in our community with kids who need you! You can choose to read to a class, read one-on-one with a child who is struggling, help a student struggling with their school work, or just spend time with a child serving as a positive role model.

Why Reading: As a child grows, reading becomes increasingly important for understanding the world, achieving academic excellence and succeeding in the workforce or college.

Why Tutoring: Tutoring – instructing a child one-on-one or in small groups – has been shown to have a positive effect on academic performance while also increasing the odds a student graduates high school on time and with the skills needed to advance in a successful career.

Why Mentoring: Children and youth need more than academic support to make it through school successfully. Mentors provide emotional support that enhances the student’s self-esteem and fosters self-control.

Tips for Volunteering

  • Nearly all agencies that offer volunteer opportunities working with children will  need to perform a background check.
  • Some agencies may require training before you get started.
  • Most reading and tutoring opportunities will be during school hours or in the afternoon on weekdays. Some mentoring opportunities are available during the school day and some have more flexible timing or can be done on your lunch hour.
  • Reading and tutoring volunteers can commit to volunteer one time or make an ongoing commitment to meet with student(s) on a regular basis. Mentor volunteers must commit longer term.

Expectations of Volunteers

  • Fulfill Your Commitment: These students and individuals are depending on you to show up.
  • Come Prepared: Whether you are reading, helping with homework, or just hanging out, have a plan before you get there.
  • Be Present: Leave your cell phone in the car and commit your full attention to those that you’re mentoring.
  • Be Mindful: Please be mindful of what you say and what you do – children especially are soaking up everything you do and say.

To learn more, email Laura Willcut at or call 270.737.6608.