Project Transformation Rio Texas (PT) is committed to supporting our participants in their love of reading and academic growth. Virtual Reading Buddies will take place on Zoom. Volunteers commit to read online for one hour, children will read in 30 minute sessions. During Virtual Reading Buddies, volunteers listen to participants read, ask questions, and offer strategies for reading help. Volunteers and the PT staff work to help participants maintain or improve their reading level and love of literacy throughout the school year.
Participants in grades 1st-8th will join the Zoom meeting in a quiet place ready to read. Project Transformation will email volunteers digital books before the session that are on the participant’s reading level. Volunteers and participants will read in a Zoom breakout room. Volunteers will share screen so both volunteers and participants can see the provided digital text. Volunteers listen to participants read, offer encouragement and strategies, and ask comprehension questions.
Individuals interested in volunteering will need a laptop or computer, an understanding of Zoom, and the ability to share their screen while volunteering.
All volunteers must complete Virtual Reading Buddy training prior to their registration being approved. This is a digital training that will be emailed to volunteers when they register. The training shares information about the mission and programs of Project Transformation as well as session logistics including information about how to utilize digital books during the session.
Volunteers who are 18+ must clear a background check prior to their registration being approved. High school volunteers are welcome (there is no background check for volunteers under 18).
Two PT staff members will be on every Zoom session to ensure the safety of the participants and to offer assistance to the volunteers.
The Zoom information as well as a digital Tips and Tricks document will be provided to all volunteers via email once they have completed training and cleared the background check. Digital books to be used during each session are emailed to volunteers prior to each volunteer session.
Have questions? Contact Kaci Boylan, Program Director at (210) 560-8568, or firstname.lastname@example.org