ReadingPals Statewide Q&A
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 managed by The Children’s
Movement of Florida and administered through 17 United Ways -- with the help of numerous community partners across the state.
What Is ReadingPals?
ReadingPals is a statewide early literacy initiative that provides volunteer mentors for
students from Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) to 3rd grade who may need extra help,
utilizing one-on-one or small group settings.
Why Is ReadingPals Important?
47% of children in Florida are not ready for Kindergarten and 42% 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.
Click HERE to become a part of our ReadingPals Program and help local Pre-School and Kindergarten students gain the skills they need for success.
Already signed up as a ReadingPal? Click HERE to access to our ReadingPals Volunteer Resources.
What Do We Hope To Achieve?
1. MENTORING: To build genuine, impactful relationships between students and our volunteer mentors.
2. EARLY LITERACY: To improve students’ understanding of the fundamental building blocks of early literacy.
3. 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 Is The Commitment?
ReadingPals volunteers are asked to commit an hour per week with their student(s) for 25+ weeks during the school year (some programs may offer a 30-minute per week or half-year option). Each school year, more than 2,300 volunteers statewide make this commitment, and at least 40% return for another year!
How Can I Get Started?
Once signed up through the United Way, volunteers are connected with our program director who will provide details about participating schools in our area, volunteer time-slots, background screening, training and curriculum.