Opportunity Details

Children & Youth Education

Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+, Maximum Age:64

Wright to Read Tutor/Mentor Program (REMOTE during Pandemic)

With the closure of schools due to COVID-19, Alexandria students may be at a risk of falling behind. The need for dedicated Wright to Read tutor/mentors will be greater than ever this academic year.

Join us in changing the lives of the children of Alexandria. For one hour a week, you can work one-on-one with a student to help improve their literacy skills and inspire a love of reading but also help develop other important attributes that are key in their future success! The Campagna Center’s Wright to Read program provides volunteer-based one-on-one sustained literacy tutoring and mentoring relationships to City of Alexandria elementary school children who are reading one year below grade level.

  • In light of physical distancing guidelines during the pandemic, we are modifying our platforms and resources given to tutor/mentors and families to facilitate engagement via virtual means. Training will be provided online. 

  • In addition to the weekly engagements, we offer enrichment activities to help foster the connections between students, volunteers, and families across the program.

  • When in-person meetings become available again, tutoring typically occurs at the public library after work or on the weekends once a week for an hour. 

  • We ask that our volunteers work with our students for at least a year (although many relationships last longer).

  • This program requires volunteers to attend an Orientation/Training (provided online during the pandemic) as well as undergo a background screening that may take up to 2 months to complete (applicants must utilize Fieldpoint locations to be fingerprinted).

Hear from one of our volunteers regarding their experience: "Being a mentor has given me a great gift in being able to make a very big, and positive, difference in the life of a child. We talk about things he might not think to talk about with his busy parents. For one hour a week, he has the undivided attention of a caring adult. He often tells me he thinks I am “the best tutor in the world.” Each time, I catch my breath and feel tears come to my eyes. The truth is, I feel like the lucky one. He brings joy and light to my life. I feel honored to be a part of his childhood and formative education. I wouldn’t have believed how rewarding that feeling could be."

Before you volunteering in-person, please ensure:
- That you have you NOT been at any places and therefore exposed where people have tested positive for COVID-19? If so, do not volunteer.
 - That you DO NOT exhibit any symptoms of a respiratory illness including fever, runny nose, sore throat, coughing or difficulty breathing now or in the past 24 hours? If so, do not volunteer.
- That you or someone you live with is NOT at high risk (this includes persons who are age greater than 65; have underlying heart disease or lung disease, diabetes, liver disease; are immunocompromised, on dialysis, or have severe obesity with BMI greater than 40). If so, do NOT volunteer.



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