Become a Reading Mentor

Become a Reading Mentor with Lead to Read KC. Apply today!

The need for reading and mentoring support is greater than ever. Only 21% of third-grade students in Kansas City public and charter schools are reading proficiently, with the rate for black students even lower at 14%. (Source: SchoolSmartKC)

View our reading session schedule for the 2023-24 school year here and a map of our schools here

More schools than ever – 28 – have requested our program this year, so we need you!

Reading Mentoring Program details:

Lead to Read KC reading sessions take place in elementary classrooms once a week.  You donate 30 minutes over the 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 is absent

Our application process:

  • Step 1: Complete the online application form.
    We have an urgent need at Guadalupe Centers Elementary, Pitcher Elementary, and Frontier School of Innovation! You will NOT see these schools listed on the application dropdown menu. If you would like to read at one of those schools, please add their school name in the Volunteer Notes section as you fill out the application.
  • Step 2: Complete the background check. A link will be emailed to you. 
  • Step 3: Review the current Reading Session Schedule and reply to the email from Hayley Rees with your school choice.
  • Step 4: Review the online training video (30 minutes). A link will be emailed to you. 
  • Step 5: Watch your email for a message from your Site Coordinator with session details.
  • Step 6: Attend your first session and meet your student.
  • Make a difference in your student’s life and have fun!

Have questions? Contact us.

Hear Lead to Read KC Reading Mentors and students share their insights about the impact of the program in this short video 

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