Become a Reading Mentor

Become a Reading Mentor with Lead to Read KC. Apply today! It’s the easiest, most meaningful volunteer experience in Kansas City. Watch this KMBC 9 News interview to learn more.  

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we’re pursuing a parallel path to continue to serve students during this time of historic need:

Learn more about opportunities in our 2021 Summer Program:  

Our Fall 2021 schedule is under construction, with an aim to return to the classroom! Stay up to date on the latest news:

Learn more about our in-classroom program

Lead to Read KC reading sessions take place once a week in elementary classrooms. You donate a lunch hour—no evenings or weekends! You can choose from a variety of volunteer options: 

  • Read once a week with a student 
  • Partner with a friend or colleague to share a student and alternate sessions
  • Become a “Flextra” and attend as often as your schedule permits to read with a student whose weekly volunteer needs to miss a session

Learn more about our application process

  • Apply online.
  • Watch for an email from Lead to Read KC with information about next steps, including completing the required background check.
  • Complete our Virtual Code of Conduct.
  • Complete an online training session in 30 minutes or less.
  • Get paired with a student.

Have questions about the application process? Contact us.

Want to enhance or refresh your skills as a Reading Mentor? Check out these awesome resources for Reading Mentors.

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