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 2017-2018 School Year at mckinley elementary: 

We recruited and trained 74 tutors who totaled 887 hours working with 57 students at McKinley Elementary School.

The students in the tutoring program went up 150 reading levels

Since our program began, volunteers have given more than 2,783 hours to the students at McKinley Elementary School. 

Looking Forward

For the 2018/2019 school year, United Way of Kenosha County have partnered with Building Our Future and Kenosha Unified School District to expand the Readers Are Leaders Tutoring Program 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 two additional schools in 2019/2020.

Join Us

We are now recruiting for Kindergarten Tutors for the 2018-2019 school year.  Sign up today by completing the Kindergarten Volunteer Tutor Application and the KUSD Background Check Form.  Kindergarten tutor applications will be accepted until Friday, January 4, 2019.

Please print, complete and sign the KUSD Background Check form and email that separately to United Way of Kenosha County at or mail to 5500 6th Ave, Ste. 210, Kenosha, WI 53140. 

The Volunteer Tutor Application form is completed online and automatically sent directly to United Way of Kenosha County once submitted, the KUSD Background Check Form cannot be completed online so must be printed and completed.

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

Tutor Training

Tutor training is now available for approved volunteers for the 2018-19 school year.  Training for first year and returning tutors is available on January 21, 2019.  Please visit our calendar page to register.