Literacy Mentor Volunteers tutor K-3rd grade students at school. Volunteers work one-on-one with students 2-4 times each week during the school day, 30 minutes per session. Literacy Mentors tutor the same students from October through May and develop a close bond while improving their literacy skills.
Virtual After-School Program
Virtual Literacy Mentor volunteers tutor K-3rd grade students over Zoom during the late afternoon time period when students are home from school. Virtual Literacy Mentors work one-on-one with the same students from October through May and help them improve their literacy skills. Virtual Observers monitor sessions for the safety and comfort of tutors and students.
The East Side Learning Center (ESLC) four-week summer program is designed to help students in grades K-3 avoid the summer slide of reading skills for a three-hour session in the morning.
The session consists of:
45 minutes of reading tutoring one-on-one
45 minutes of Reader's Theater
45 minutes of active literacy games
East Side Learning Center Areas of Programming
Services are available for kindergarten and 1st grade children. The goal is to accelerate alphabet letter and sound growth and social-emotional growth, so children meet 1st grade readiness benchmarks. The literacy sessions incorporate repeated, supported practice of letter names, letter sounds, early high-frequency words, and oral language development.
Services are available for 1st through 3rd grade children. The goal is to accelerate reading and social-emotional growth, so children meet school-identified reading goals. The literacy sessions incorporate oral reading fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and oral language development.
Social Emotional Learning
The ESLC programs incorporate the five key principles of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) into every mentoring session. The five principles are Self Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, and Responsible Decision Making. Our literacy mentors are trained in the best practices of SEL teaching to ensure students learn, practice, and model essential personal life skills which contribute to their academic achievement, personal success, and positive outcomes after graduation.