Year-Round Programs

Bradley Sonnenberg Remote Reading Program

The Bradley Sonnenberg Remote Reading Program, founded in loving memory of Bradley Sonnenberg, is a literacy and mentorship program for our K-6th grade scholars. Each scholar is paired with a high school student volunteer or college student and together they set up a time each week to read a designated book on Zoom. They read through the book page by page together, pausing regularly to define difficult vocabulary, check in with comprehension, and talk about themes.

Through these experiences, students are able to further their relationships and continue growing their reading skills. 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. Mentor-mentee pairs also attend events together every other month. The events include field trips, community service or social justice projects, and literacy events.  

The 2021-2022 Remote Reading Application is now open! Volunteers can apply here today.  The priority deadline is August 29th! After that, we will accept applications on a rolling basis.

If you have any questions or are a parent interested in signing up their child, please email wrtl@wisela.org

89% of parents feel that their child has improved their reading skills since being involved in Remote Reading.

99% of JLLs who did Remote Reading saw improvements in their scholar’s reading skills from their first session to their final session.

97% of JLLs who did Remote Reading feel that they can make a difference in the lives of others after their involvement with WRTL.

Remote Math Tutoring

Remote Math Tutoring is an academic and mentorship program for our K-8th grade scholars. We will be offering virtual Math Tutoring Sessions for our K-8th grade scholars to receive homework help via Zoom!

You can be a tutor for our drop-in Zoom sessions on Tuesdays 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm and/or be paired with a scholar to work one-on-one with each week for at least 30 minutes! If you are interested in being a Math Tutor, please apply here. The priority deadline is Sunday, August 29th! After that, we will accept applications on a rolling basis.

If you are a parent/guardian interested in having your child attend math tutoring, please email wrtl@wisela.org for more information.

100% of JLLs who did Math Tutoring feel their involvement with WRTL has made them a more capable mentor.

Literacy Classes

For the 2021-2022 school year, we will be holding virtual literacy classes for our K-5 scholars via Zoom. Scholars will be assigned to virtual classrooms according to their grade level and will meet once per week between for an hour. Classes will be led by our Literacy Leaders (LLs), our motivated and energetic college-aged teachers that serve not only as teachers, but also role models to our scholars!

Our classes have a low student to teacher ratio to ensure all students get more individualized instruction than is possible in public schools. Additionally, our curriculum includes age-appropriate games, book activities, comprehension checks, discussions, and more!

If you have any questions or are a parent interested in signing up their child, please email wrtl@wisela.org

100% of parents rated their experience in Literacy Classes as good and very good.

Enrichment Lessons

For the 2021-2022 school year, we will continue offering virtual enrichment lessons for our K-8th grade scholars via Zoom. The program is organized and executed by our teen volunteers, under the supervision of our Program Coordinator. Enrichment will be offered for one hour each week and will be led by our Junior Literacy Leaders. Enrichment lessons will include art, math, dance, cooking, and more!

If you are a parent/guardian interested in signing up your child, please email wrtl@wisela.org to receive our monthly Enrichment Calendar!

Remote STEM Program

Three of our top JLLs (Bella, Lily, and Yalli) have created and will be leading a STEM Program to teach 2nd-5th grade scholars about chemistry, engineering, coding, and more! High school volunteers who are interested in being STEM Leaders would be in charge of leading activities, science games, etc. in breakout rooms with scholars. No prior experience is needed, just a passion to work with our scholars and teach fun science topics and experiments!

The program runs from September 9th – November 18th and is every Thursday from 6 pm – 7 pm on Zoom. Apply here by Sunday, August 15th to be a STEM Leader!

If you are a parent/guardian interested in having your child apply for the STEM Program, please email wrtl@wisela.org for more information.