Junior Literacy Leaders

Wise Readers to Leaders engages nearly 150 teens each summer as teaching assistants. These Junior Literacy Leaders (JLLs) provide help in the classroom and lead camp-style enrichment activities in the afternoon! JLLs can also volunteer year-round to be a Remote Reader and Mentor.  Apply here!

We recruit teens from all over Los Angeles and are looking for students who are: 

  • Able to commit to at least 2 weeks of our summer program, 5 days a week, from 8 am – 3pm

  • Excited to teach 

  • Rising 9th graders or older 

  • Willing to Learn

  • Passionate about working with kids

  • Energetic 

  • Enthusiastic 

  • Patient 

Junior Literacy Leaders can apply for Summer 2021 as early as January! The Priority Application deadline is February 28th. Anyone applying after that deadline will not have first priority in selection of site, class, and friends. The final deadline to apply to be a JLL is June 1st. 

The sooner you apply, the more likely you are to get priority in selecting site, friends, weeks, and grade level.

To be considered for a position, each applicant that is new to the program must participate in an interview. After you apply we will reach out to you to schedule an interview. (Returning JLLs do not need to interview again).

More information about application deadlines and requirements is available in the application linked below.

Apply to be a JLL for Summer 2021

If you are a former scholar and want to apply to be a JLL this year, please apply through the scholar application here

A perfect opportunity for high school age teens (9th grade and older) to be involved in a summer internship where they can really make a difference in the lives of  children from low income backgrounds. JLLs assist our Literacy Leaders (college-age teachers) in the classrooms as well as with the overall program, helping with reading time, assisting with afternoon camp-like activities, etc.

Historically, our program has largely recruited teen volunteers from the Jewish community, but as our program grows, we continue to have more and more volunteers from diverse backgrounds. The JLL program is an opportunity for the Jewish community’s youth to see their actions are truly the work of Tikkun Olam that comes deeply from within one’s Jewish soul. They will have the capacity to change lives for the better – forever! The JLL program is part of the L.A. Jewish Teen Initiative, funded in part by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles with seed funding provided by the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles. Program partners include UpStart, Etzah, an Initiative of the AJU Graduate Center for Education, and BJE Impact.

This upcoming summer we are so excited to invite many of our former scholars to become JLLs for our program! If you are a former scholar or have a sibling who is a scholar at our program and want to be a JLL this summer, please reach out to wisereaderstoleaders@wisela.org for more information!

Learn more about the JLL program in this short documentary made by one of our JLLs, Olivia Brooks!

Teen Board

The Wise Readers to Leaders Teen Board is an opportunity for exemplary Junior Literacy Leaders (JLLs) from our summer program to continue to be engaged in leadership, development, programming, and planning for Wise Readers to Leaders throughout the school year. The Teen Board meets several times through the year to oversee many of the important year-round activities of Wise Readers. This year we have 25 Teen Board Members!

The Teen Board is divided into five Committees, each with its own unique responsibilities and Executive Chair who leads their committee.  The Enrichment Committee facilitates bi-weekly enrichment lessons for our scholars, which includes lessons about art, math, dance, music, and more! The Scholar Engagement Committee keeps our scholars involved throughout the year by staying in touch with scholars and families as well as sending out hand-made birthday cards to our scholars. The Recruitment Committee works on recruiting new teen volunteers for the summer by liaising with local high schools, going to community service fairs, and utilizing social media. The Scholar Mentorship Committee oversees the Remote Reading Mentorship program, helping ensure everything with scholars and teens goes smoothly. The Fundraising Committee plans and executes one fundraiser per season and creates materials for other teens to hold fundraisers. In addition to the committees, Teen Board Members help plan events and lead Junior Literacy Leader interviews and training.

Check out our Teen Instagram Page!

Teen Ambassadors

This year, we are launching a new year-round program, the WRTL Ambassadors. This is an opportunity for rising 9th and 10th graders to contribute to the WRTL community throughout the year! The WRTL Ambassadors will plan special activities for scholars, do their own fundraisers, and help with Remote Reading. WRTL Ambassadors will work on their leadership, communication, and collaboration skills to eventually become full Teen Board Members!

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