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.  

The need for reading and mentoring support is greater than ever! The share of first-graders nationwide in need of intensive intervention in reading hit 40 percent in fall 2020, up from 27 percent in 2019. (Amplify Education Inc.)

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

We’re in the process of creating our Fall 2021 schedule in partnership with our schools, with an aim to return to the classroom!

Stay up to date on the latest news:

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? 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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