Our volunteer tutors are the heart of our program. Our volunteers are critical to the success of our program and we are grateful for their time and energy. We are regularly looking for smart, dedicated people who are passionate about helping children reach their potential.

We are currently taking applications for volunteers for our summer cycle, JULY 2-AUGUST 1, 2018.


• Have excellent literacy and communication skills
• Love to read
• Love children and have experience with children,  particularly children in grades 3-8 (ages 8-14)
• Can commit to working with a child on either Mondays and Wednesdays OR Tuesdays and Thursdays  from either 3:10-4:30 or 4:45-6:00 PM for a minimum of 10 weeks
• Dependable and punctual
• Interested in learning about literacy instruction
• Want to make a lasting, positive difference in a  child’s life
• Are at least 18 years of age
• Must complete a background check through GoPass
• Must attend a 30 minute orientation, a 3 hour  training session before the start of the cycle, and a one hour training after the start of the cycle.

We sometimes have more applicants than we do children and we are not always able to pair applicants with a child. Because our volunteers work one-on-one wth a child, we strongly consider personality and qualifications/experience when pairing the volunteers with specific children.


Step 1
Submit an application. If the applicant meets our requirements, we will invite the applicant to attend a 30 minute orientation at READ 718 where he/she can learn more about our program and we get to know the applicant.

Step 2
If the applicant is a good fit for our program and we are able to pair him/her with a child, the applicant will be invited to attend a 3 hour training which usually takes place on a Saturday.

Step 3, 4
The applicant attends the READ 718 training and gets fingerprinted through Go Pass.

Step 5
Begin tutoring at the start of the next cycle.


If you are interested in volunteering for our winter cycle (January 7-March 21), please fill out an application and someone will contact you to invite you to an upcoming orientation. For questions, please call 718-576-3228.

High School students in grades 9-12 can apply to tutor a 1st-3rd grader on Saturdays between 11:00-12:00. Volunteers must commit to 8 Saturdays and participate in a two hour training. Volunteers should be enthusiastic, dependable, and have excellent reading and writing skills.