Margaret Mannion started as a volunteer tutor at Berkley Maynard Academy last year and is now a full time site coordinator at Sankofa Academy.  “Working with kids is so much fun, but it’s also rewarding because you’re doing something really good.  Once a child falls behind in reading, it’s very hard to catch up. Our tutors help students catch up to grade level, which can have a huge impact on their educational success, confidence and opportunities. It’s an incredible return for only 45 minutes per week.”

Reading Partners, a nonprofit literacy organization based in Oakland, CA, has just launched their program at Sankofa Academy on 61st Street, and is accepting volunteers for the 2013-2014 school year.

  • No formal teaching experience is required.
  • Commit just one hour a week.
  • Reading Centers are open Monday-Thursday at local schools across the Bay Area.

Reading Partners provides you with:

  • A highly effective, easy-to-follow curriculum.
  • In-person training and on-site support from a full-time staff member.
  • The opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child.

On average, Reading Partners students gain 1.6 months of reading skills for every month in the program.  Currently there are 24 reading centers  serving 1,290 students for the 2013-2014 school year.  They’re always looking for more volunteer tutors so click here for more info and a Reading Partners staff member will contact you to get started! Sessions start December 2nd at Sankofa Academy for the upcoming school year.

Reading Partners launched in 1999 with the mission to expand opportunities for children in underserved communities by fostering a lifelong love of reading, developing strong literacy skills, and building the confidence and self-esteem critical to empowerment and community development. For more information about Reading Partners, please visit

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