Reading Partners

Focus Area: Youth Development

Grant Amount: $7,500

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 expansion of Reading Partners’ family engagement programming to help families to build skills to assist their children’s reading skills. This will include the creation of a family outreach calendar to maintain more consistent communication with families, as well as literacy learning packets and resources to help families maintain their child’s reading progress. This program requires anti-bias training for all its tutors so that they can better help the children with which they work.