Readers Are Leaders Tutoring Program

Readers Are Leaders Tutoring Program

Why is Reading Important?

Through third grade, children learn to read.  From fourth grade on, they read to learn.  Research shows that third grade reading proficiency is a powerful predictor of later academic achievement.  A student who is not at least moderately successful in reading by the third grade is unlikely to graduate from high school.  Research has shown a strong link between higher literacy and future academic achievement, improved self-esteem and the ability to be a productive and involved member of society,  When kids read, they can succeed. 

How It Works:

The Readers Are Leaders Tutoring Program, a United Way-led initiative in partnership with Kenosha Unified School District, local businesses, and community members, provides young children in grades kindergarten through third grade with tutors on a regular basis to increase reading achievement in the early grades.

Through this tutoring program, we recruit and train community volunteers who are then matched with children in the schools that are identified as needing additional help with reading.  The tutors and children work one-on-one for 30 minutes each week during the school year (October - May). 

The tutoring sessions are individualized and based on the student's needs and will supplement the work they are doing in the classroom.

In the 2018-2019 School Year: 

We recruited and trained 262 tutors who totaled 4,716 hours working with 193 students at Brass, Forest Park, McKinley, and Wilson Elementary Schools.

The students in the tutoring program went up approximately 191 reading levels.

Since our program began, volunteers have given more than 7,500 hours to the students in our program. 

Looking Forward

Our Readers Are Leaders Tutoring Program has gone from one school, McKinley Elementary, to a total of four schools: McKinley Elementary, Wilson Elementary, Brass Elementary, and Forest Park Elementary.  

Our goal for this program will be to demonstrate detailed program outcomes which we will be able to report to the community and lead us to further expand to in the coming school years.

Join Us

Tutor applications for the 2019-20 school year will be available in August 2019.

Tutor Training

Tutor training will be available for approved volunteers for the 2019-20 school year in August 2019.  Please visit our calendar page for registration dates in August 2019.  

What Can You Do To Help?

Donations are currently being sought to help continue and expand this program in Kenosha County.  As a nonprofit organization, we rely on local businesses and community donors to help us make a strong impact in our community.

An investment in United Way of Kenosha County's Readers Are Leaders Tutoring Program helps us to reach young children to help set them up for a path to success.  Help our children be our future.