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 from the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity and together they set up a time each week to read a designated book via a phone call. They read through the book page by page together, stopping to answer any questions that the scholar has about plot meaning, word definition, and more. The program is organized and executed by our teen volunteers, under the supervision of our Professional Teen Coordinator. The teens choose, order, and distribute the books amongst the scholars and volunteer readers to ensure that the program is peer-led and that the High School volunteers have ownership in the program. The level of participation and accountability is tracked through peer check-ins. 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.
We also offer a mentorship program for our older students. In this program, middle and high school students are paired with an adult community member. The mentor pair connects once a month during the academic year and discusses topics such as leadership and advocacy and can do a related activity together.