Remote Reading is a literacy and mentorship program for our K-5 scholars. Each scholar is paired with a 7th-12th grade student volunteer or USC college student and together they set up a time each week to read a designated book over the phone. They read through the book page by page together, pausing regularly to define difficult vocabulary, check in with comprehension, and talk about themes. The program is organized and executed by our teen volunteers, under the supervision of our Teen Coordinator. Teen volunteers select and distribute books as well as conduct peer check-ins. Members of the Teen Board on the Scholar Mentorship Committee are responsible for checking in with teen volunteers and scholars each month, ensuring that the program is always peer-led and that the teen volunteers have ownership in the program. A group of teen mentors also created female empowerment book club in which mentor-mentee pairs read a discuss books with strong female characters and the power of women.
Through these experiences, students are able to further their relationships and continue growing their reading skills. Mentor-mentee pairs also attend events together every other month. The events include field trips, community service or social justice projects, and literacy events.
This year’s books include Al Capone Does My Shirts, City of Ember, Magic Treehouse, Amelia Bedelia, Junie B. Jones, Geronimo Stilton, Secrets of Droon, and more!
Email us at WiseReadersToLeaders@WiseLA.org if you’re interested in becoming a Remote Reader!