Education: Elementary & Secondary

Education: Literacy / Library / ESL

Help Readers 2 Leaders Increase Literacy in West Dallas

Make a difference in childhood literacy - Help students learn to read! Become a Reading buddy!
Feb 12, 2019  4:00PM
2 Hours
1 Shifts Available
Volunteers Who Stepped Up
  • Sara Fishbane

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Why we need YOU: Currently in Dallas County, only 40% of 3rd graders read at grade level. A student who cannot read on grade level by the 3rd grade is 6 times less likely to graduate by age 19 than a child who reads proficiently by that time. Readers 2 Leaders needs your help to increase the number of students reading at or above grade level by working one-on-one with struggling readers.

What is Readers 2 Leaders: Readers 2 Leaders (R2L) is a local non-profit organization serving the West Dallas area with the mission to develop and grow the reading skills of underserved Dallas children (ages 3-12) so that they succeed in school and graduate prepared to live productive lives. R2L is currently serving over 400 students per year with our Team Read Programs. Team Read is a reading intervention program for students that need additional reading support to reach grade level. We have In-School, After-School, and Summer Programs.

What will I do as a volunteer: Reading Buddies (volunteers) are a key part of our programs and provide the essential one-on-one reading assistance to a student once a week (or more as the volunteer is able). As a Reading Buddy, you will help a child develop their reading skills through phonics practice, leveled-texts, and reading high-quality literature with them. Above all, you will be a positive role model that in encouraging and makes reading fun!

When and where can I volunteer: We have several Buddy Reading spots still available in our In-School and After-School Programs this semester.

After-School Program:
 Monday-Thursday from 3:45-5:30pm

Program Sites:

Readers 2 Leaders Literacy Center (Booktown): 2223 Singleton Blvd, Suite 140, Dallas, TX 75212

Uplift Heights Primary: 2202 Calypso St., Dallas, TX 75212

In-School Program: 30 minute sessions available Monday-Thursday from 9am - 2pm. You can sign up for 1 session or multiple.

Program Sites:

Mondays at Lorenzo de Zavala Elementary School: 3214 N Winnetka Ave, Dallas, TX 75212

Tuesdays at Sidney Lanier: 1400 Walmsley Ave, Dallas, TX 75208

Wednesdays at Montessori Academy at Onesimo Hernandez:
555 Maple Ave. Dallas TX 75235

Thursdays Uplift Heights Primary:
2202 Calypso St., Dallas, TX 75212

How To Get Started:
Once you know what day(s) and times work best for you, please visit the following link to submit your contact information and availability. Even if the position is currently full, sign up for the times/days that work best for your schedule.  We will have some open and newly available time spots as the semester progresses.  We will be in contact with you regarding scheduling and to complete the application process and training.

Interested in volunteering in the In-School or After-School Program in the 2018-2019 school year? please contact us via email,

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