Read Alliance (READ) works to accelerate the educational trajectory of early elementary students through the power of teens who provide one-to-one literacy tutoring. READ’s dual-impact model addresses the achievement gap for young students while engaging youth in serving their communities as paid reading tutors. Read Alliance provides students with the building blocks to academic success. While early literacy remains at the core of our mission, our unique model also employs teens to tutor their younger peers, tackling a secondary challenge of youth unemployment, particularly among low-income, young people of color. READ students receive the one-to-one support in foundational reading skills they require to catch up to their peers, and gain the confidence to thrive academically in their classrooms. READ TeenLeaders gain meaningful after school and summer employment, become economically empowered, gain college focus, learn important professional skills, and serve as role models for their younger counterparts. READ works with students in Kindergarten – 2nd grade. Students are selected for participation by teachers and school administrators.
- A one-to-one learning opportunity twice-a-week after school for 45 sessions led by high school Teen Leaders
- Reading instruction and homework help
- Youth employment and professional skills for teens recruited from local high schools