Educational Institutions

Reading Partners

  • Oakland, CA
  • www.readingpartners.org

Mission Statement

Reading Partners is a national education nonprofit dedicated to improving students' reading skills. Our mission is to help children become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction with measurable results. We engage community volunteers to provide one-on-one reading instruction to elementary school students reading below grade level, helping students succeed in school and in life.

Main Programs

  1. Early intervention one-on-one literacy tutoring
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Reading Partners works with more than 200 schools in low-income communities across ten states and the District of Columbia.

Reading Partners regions include:
Baltimore, MD
Charleston/Lake City, SC
Charlotte, NC
Denver, CO
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Tulsa, OK
Sacramento, CA
Seattle, WA
Silicon Valley, CA
SF Bay Area, CA
St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN
Washington, DC

ruling year

2001

Chief Executive Officer since 2017

Self-reported

Ms. Karine Apollon

Keywords

Self-reported

literacy,youth,children,students,reading,tutoring,school,education,mentor,school partnerships,curriculum,low-performing readers,low-performing schools,volunteers, volunteerism, volunteer

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EIN

77-0568469

 Number

2003561731

Physical Address

180 Grand Ave. Suite 800

Oakland, CA 94612

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

Adult, Child Matching Programs (O30)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Year after year, Reading Partners' proudest accomplishment is the progress in reading that our students make. In 2017, we will recruit more than 14,500 volunteer tutors to serve 11,190 students in 14 geographic regions. In 2016 89% of our target students accelerated their rate of learning. Specifically, the average student more than doubled her monthly rate of learning from 0.6 to 1.6 months' worth of new skill development for every month of tutoring. Moreover, thanks to that time and effort, 72% of students participating in Reading Partners narrowed their achievement gap in reading.

Reading Partners doesn't just impact students; we make a difference for schools and communities as well. In 2015-16, 92% of principals reported school-wide improved reading progress because of their partnership with Reading Partners. Volunteers are truly the heart and engine of Reading Partners, and in 2015-16, our volunteers proivded 378,866 tutoring sessions to support student literacy achievement, the equivalent of $2.4M in human capital. But more than their time, our volunteers shared their positivity and belief in the importance of public education. 82% of our volunteers reported that they are more interested in public education due to their involvement, and 76% said that their experience with Reading Partners strengthened their belief that not only teachers but all citizens can directly impact educational outcomes for students.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Early intervention one-on-one literacy tutoring

Reading Partners serves 2,500 students from 61
partner schools throughout California, Washington, D.C., and New York City,
where we transform a dedicated space within the school into a reading center
and recruit 30-100 community volunteers. After they are trained, these
volunteers pull students out of class to tutor them twice a week for 45
minutes, utilizing a highly structured and research-validated literacy
curriculum that was developed in partnership with the Stanford University
School of Education.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$7,278,742.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Reading Partners works with more than 200 schools in low-income communities across ten states and the District of Columbia.

Reading Partners regions include:
Baltimore, MD
Charleston/Lake City, SC
Charlotte, NC
Denver, CO
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Tulsa, OK
Sacramento, CA
Seattle, WA
Silicon Valley, CA
SF Bay Area, CA
St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN
Washington, DC

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READING PARTNERS
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Reading Partners

Leadership

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Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Karine Apollon

BIO

Karine joined Reading Partners in 2017 with a long-standing commitment to literacy and a 20-year track record of business success at Scholastic Inc. After graduating from the University of Miami with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a double major in international finance/marketing and finance, Karine started her career in the telecommunications industry. Her passion for children's literacy soon led her to join Scholastic, Inc. where she was a highly skilled and valued leader for 20+ years. While at Scholastic, Karine spearheaded numerous partnerships and learning/mentorship initiatives centered on expanding literacy opportunities for students. Karine launched the Scholastic Family and Community Engagement (FACE) business in 2009. FACE improves literacy development and raises academic achievement in underserved communities by increasing access to books and other literacy resources through an integrated family, school and community engagement model. Karine serves on several nonprofit boards including Reach Out and Read of Greater New York, Raising A Reader and the Advisory Board of Eagle Academy Foundation. Ms. Apollon's greatest and most fulfilling role is that of a mother to her two sons, Mario and Benjamin.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dan Carroll

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