Reading Partners

Focus Area: Youth Development

Grant Amount: $10,000

Based in St. Paul, serves metro area. Reading Partners is a tutoring program that uses volunteers to help children develop reading proficiency. Based on a national model, the program expanded to the Twin Cities in 2015. It currently serves 11 schools in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Grant supports continuation of developing and piloting a social-emotional curriculum to supplement its existing literacy curriculum. This curriculum especially targets 4th and 5th grade students who are transitioning into middle school. It also helps Reading Partners develop an individualized social-emotional learning plan to guide support for each student. Last year the curriculum was developed to be used virtually because of the pandemic. This year the curriculum will be modified to work with in-person tutoring sessions.