Help young students find joy in reading – which is the mission of the North Texas Reading Partners.
Leaders with the organization say it’s not about how much a student doesn’t know, but rather understands where that student is on their learning journey and get them where they need to be.
“The first sign of struggling students is avoidance. I don’t want to do things I’m not good at either,” Kimberly Benavides, Executive Director of Reading Partners North Texas said. “It’s just human nature. So we don’t want to punish students when they’re avoiding reading, but we want to continue to push and encourage them because we know and practice comes success.”
The North Texas National Arm Organization saw that success with 19 reading centers across the Dallas ISD and Fort Worth ISD. The nonprofit served 667 students in the 2019-2020 school year and some 822 volunteers making it possible.
Volunteers like Tarun Swaminathan of AmeriCorps.
“I think the beauty of the model is one-on-one [that Reading Partners has] is that we went at speed. So in the one-on-one meter, we see where the kids are at and where they need to be. It’s not easy to adjust to that with a classroom. So that’s why it works, “Swaminathan said.” Children can also go at their own pace getting individual attention that they love. “
He also said that parents should not feel discouraged when it comes to virtual learning, because even that can succeed.
“It’s possible for kids to learn there. It just has to be supplemented with home reinforcement. For us, it’s Reading Partners North Texas.”
The volunteers are 14 years old and provide all the tools to help young learners succeed. No prior teaching experience required.
“One of our Dallas ISD principals said it perfectly. He said that when you have a relationship with a child, they will ride for you and that’s what Reading Partners do. Students have an adult they want to work for. points are free and are pure price. Someone is proud of your progress, “Benavides said.
Reading Partners for North Texas is still looking for volunteers to help continue the work they have done so far in the North Texas community.