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Help A Child Learn to Read

The numbers are alarming: more than 65 percent of greater Boston's children struggle with literacy, putting them at a higher risk for school failure. A recent study found that students who do not read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to leave without a diploma than proficient readers.

You can help.

This fall, volunteer with Generations Incorporated, the Boston host of Experience Corps, and make a difference in the lives of at risk Boston public schoolchildren. Volunteers with the program have helped students to increase their literacy skills by more than 60 percent.

Generations Incorporated places highly trained older volunteers as mentors and reading coaches in public elementary schools and after school programs. Volunteers can coach a child, one-on-one; they may also work with a small group of students in the classroom. With individual time and guidance, each child has the chance to improve his or her reading skills by two to three levels.

Several options for volunteering are available during the 2011-2012 school year to accommodate various interests and schedules. Training is provided. Volunteers can contribute as few as two hours per week or as many as 12.

Attend an information session and learn more.

Orchard Gardens School, Boston
Friday, September 16, 2011
10:30am – 12pm
South End Public Library
685 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02118

Adams School, East Boston
Thursday September 15, 2011
10-11:30am
East Boston Social Centers
68 Central Square
East Boston, MA 02128

King School, Dorchester
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
1:30 - 3:00pm
Grove Hall Public Library
41 Geneva Avenue, Dorchester, MA

Trotter School, Roxbury
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
10:30am – 12pm
Roxbury YMCA
285 Martin Luther King Blvd., Roxbury MA 02119
 
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
10:30am – 12pm
12th Baptist Church
150-160 Warren Street, Roxbury MA 02119

If you can’t attend an information session but are interested in learning more, call 1-866-448-3621 or email ma@aarp.org.

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