Volunteer Mentors For Literacy

ReadingPals is a statewide early literacy initiative that provides volunteer mentors for students from Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) through 2nd grade who may need extra help, utilizing a one-on-one approach.

In 2021, 50% of children in Florida are not ready for Kindergarten1 and 46% of Florida students cannot read at a minimally proficient level by the end of third grade.2  Studies show that children with mentors are more confident and have fewer behavioral problems.Early intervention and individualized attention gives students the best likelihood of success.


ReadingPals Southwest Florida

Become A Volunteer

ReadingPals Mentors in South west Florida

ReadingPals volunteers are asked to commit up to one hour per week with their student(s) for 25+ weeks during the school year. Each new ReadingPal must attend an orientation and be background checked before they begin the sessions. You will learn the protocols of the program during orientation and tips on how children learn to read. ReadingPals meetings will be offered in-person in the 2022 – 2023 school year.

WHat Do We  Hope To Achieve?

  • Mentoring: To build genuine, impactful relationships between students and our volunteer mentors.
  • Social-Emotional Development: To help students build a strong social-emotional foundation through self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.
  • Early Literacy: To improve students’ understanding of the fundamental building blocks of early literacy.

Participating schools to be announced.
Check back to register soon!

For more information contact or call (239) 433-7544. 


Participating Schools