United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

Lunch and Learn readers needed

Posted on February 12, 2018

Lunch and Learn- Help students learn to read during your lunchbreak!

Until May 31, 2018

Have you ever felt like you wanted to volunteer as a tutor or mentor but didn’t think you could fit it in your schedule? We may have just found the solution for you! United Way is partnering with Wells Fargo and Achieve Now to run a reading coach program over lunch. Hosted at Wells Fargo in center city, volunteers are invited to come over once a week on Thursdays during their lunch break from February through late May to work with elementary school students. All sessions will be held in the fifth floor board room at the Wells Fargo Building, located at 123 South Broad Street.

As consistency is so critical to young people’s development, coaches ideally work with the same student each week. As a result, volunteers and students tend to form strong reciprocal bonds. However, we are all busy people and we want to make this as easy as possible for you so there are three levels of commitment:

1. Weekly coach: Sign on as a weekly volunteer and work one-on-one with your student each week. On the rare occasions when you are not able to attend, substitutes will be available to fill in for you.
2. Co-coach: Pair up with another volunteer to split the sessions between you. This model requires a lasting commitment but gives you a great deal of scheduling flexibility.
3. Substitute: Fill in when regular coaches are unable to attend. Our point person will send out email requests for substitutes when they are needed.

All sessions will be supervised by Achieve Now reading specialists, who will train you to coach using our materials and will guide you through each coaching session, answering questions and offering tips and strategies to ensure that your student is successful.

This is an important volunteer opportunity. Please join us in making a difference in the life of an at-need Philadelphia student!


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