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Project Read

Volunteer

Established in 1987, Project READ – Redwood City is a free, volunteer-based literacy program serving adults, youth and families. Tutoring lessons are student-centered, focusing on reading, writing and critical thinking skills and are supported by the generous help of our trained volunteers.

What We Do

Project READ’s youth services include a tutoring program for low-income and learning-challenged children in grades 1 – 12 who are paired one-on-one with trained literacy tutors from the community, as well as a dual-intervention program that matches at-risk high school students with at-risk 1st through 4th graders to significantly improve the reading scores of both the elementary school students and their teen tutors.

Students or people served:

We offer unique programs to our diverse population, one of which is our Adult Literacy program that matches adult Redwood City residents who read below the 7th grade reading level and matches them with volunteer community tutors.

Our Adult Literacy program offers services also include a Family for Literacy program, which is a home or library- based program for parents whose literacy goals include reading to their children.

Our Inmate Peer tutoring program helps incarcerated parents and caregivers increase their literacy skills to enable them to read to their children and prepare themselves for a successful re-entry into the community.

On average, adult reading skills are increased an average of 3.5 levels during the first year of instruction.

Project READ’s Teen and children services include a tutoring program for low-income and learning-challenged children in grades 1 – 12 who are paired one-on-one with trained literacy tutors from the community, as well as a dual-intervention program that matches at-risk high school students with at-risk 1st through 4th graders to significantly improve the reading scores of both the elementary school students and their teen tutors.

Our youth and families programs focus on the children in the most disadvantaged and under-served areas in Redwood City, where 91% of our children qualify for subsidized school lunches and parents earn very low wages.  Fewer than 18% of these parents have earned a high school diploma.  Project READ’s youth programs partner with the Redwood City Elementary School District, Sequoia Union High School District and the families of our students to help ensure that children have the literacy skills to succeed in school and increase their levels of educational attainment.

Volunteer Times

Tutoring sessions are flexible and designed to fit into volunteers and learners schedules.  Volunteers are asked the time they have available to tutor and Project READ staff work with each volunteer to find a match that fits their schedule.  Most adult and youth learners are available to meet a tutor from 3pm to 8pm Monday through Thursday and Fridays from 12pm to 4pm.

Program Services

Tutors and learners prefer to meet at the Main Branch of Redwood City Public Library, but home sites, school sites and other meeting options are possible.