Grandreaders

Impact Area

Support SeniorsTutor/Mentor Children

Volunteer Group Name & URL

Interages

Organization Served & URL

Community adults, childern and volunteers

Project Goal/Description

Expected outcomes of the Grandreaders program are: improved language skills; the ability to read more fluently with better comprehension; development of a caring intergenerational community of older adults interacting regularly with children; and reinforcing positive self-esteem in both the children and volunteers.

Timeline for Planning

Each week the Program Coordinator spends one to two hours per site creating lesson plans for the program.  The Coordinator selects the books for that week’s reading and develops a curriculum using the selected materials. 

 

 

How Many Volunteers

Most sites can accommodate ten volunteer and student pairs, however, if space permits we can always use additional volunteers. Because we run the program at ten schools, we’d like to have 100 - 125 volunteers participate in the program.

How Was This Publicized to Recruit Volunteers?

We use many free websites such as Volunteer Match, patch.com, and the Montgomery County Volunteer Center to advertise the opportunity. We also attend community fairs and meetings and advertise in local newspapers in order to get the word out about the program and the need for volunteers.

Required Facilities, Materials & Expenses

Staff time to run the program and materials.

Challenges

There are usually more students at each school than available volunteers. We typically keep a waiting list of students and as new volunteers sign up during the year we can add more students to the roster.

Group Type

NonprofitSeniors

Strategic Priority Addressed

Children Prepared to Live & LearnVital living for all our residents

Result

Teachers report Grandreaders definitely contributes to improved reading among their student participants. The majority of volunteers report the program improves their quality of life and many continue to volunteer year after year. Student participants report the program makes them better students and, after a year of working with their tutor, overwhelmingly offer positive descriptions of older people.

Special Points of Interest

Offer a wide variety of books and lesson plans. Some students like fiction, others nonfiction. Some will enjoy making charts to describe the story they’ve read, others will prefer to make an illustration. The more varied the materials, the better chance you have of keeping the students engaged.