Basic Organization Information
READING TO KIDS
- Physical Address:
Los Angeles, CA
- Web URL:
- Blog URL:
- NTEE Category:
B Educational Institutions
B92 Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement
B Educational Institutions
B24 Primary/Elementary Schools
T Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking
T40 Voluntarism Promotion
- Ruling Year:
Reading to Kids is an organization composed of volunteers working toward a simple goal - to help to provide children with an enthusiasm for reading. "The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children." (National Commission of Reading, 1985). Reading to Kids currently works with elementary schools near downtown Los Angeles to support monthly, school-sponsored Saturday reading clubs at those schools. At the reading clubs, pairs of volunteers read aloud to small groups of elementary school children. The reading clubs provide a fun and interactive environment for the kids, their teachers, and for the volunteers who donate their time each month. By helping children associate reading with pleasure, Reading to Kids seeks to promote improved reading and learning skills - skills that will help lead to a more successful future for the children who participate.
The monthly reading clubs held by Reading to Kids are not the work of one individual, but rather a team of volunteers, principals, and teachers who are far too numerous to list here, but whose efforts deserve recognition nonetheless. Active involvement by the principals and the teachers of the participating elementary schools is instrumental to the continuing success of Reading to Kids. And with the help of volunteers who are mainly young professionals and college students (but whose ages range from 18 to 86), the biggest beneficiaries each month are the participating children.
Board of Directors
Highest Paid Employees & Their Compensation
Highest Paid Employee data is not available for this organization.
Monthly Reading Clubs
- Population Served:
Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Reading to Kids is an ongoing program, with reading clubs offered on the second Saturday of every month. At the monthly reading clubs, pairs of volunteers read grade-appropriate books aloud to small groups of children organized by grade level from K-5. Children listen to the stories, practice new words, and participate in discussions about the books. This method creates a fun, interactive experience that positively reinforces learning as children develop critical skills. The supportive reading club atmosphere encourages the children to take an active interest in the story—without the pressure of a formal school environment. After volunteers read the story, the children participate in a craft or writing project to reinforce the book’s themes.
Reading to Kids also gives each child a paperback book to take home for his/her personal library. We donate the hardcover read-aloud books to school libraries, allowing further reading and enabling teachers to use them in their classrooms.
During the reading clubs, Reading to Kids partners with teachers and school administrators to conduct parent training sessions. These sessions offer advice to parents on encouraging their children to read at home and provide them with information on their community’s educational resources; this empowers parents to take active roles in their children’s education. We also offer all participating parents a new book to expand their children’s home libraries.
Program Long-Term Success:
Reading to Kids has grown from 8 volunteers and 20 children attending our first reading club in May 1999 at one school to over 460 volunteers and over 1,200 children at eight schools in 2009. We judge our long-term success as our ability to maintain steady, sustained growth throughout the community of elementary schools in the area just west of downtown Los Angeles.
Program Short-Term Success:
Reading to Kids recently expanded to its eight elementary school, and it successfully transitioned from two full time employees to three full time employees. This staff expansion has enabled Reading to Kids to improve our program as we now have more time to devote to our participating schools.
Program Success Monitored by:
Reading to Kids is governed by a Taskforce of over 100 volunteers who are actively involved in the organization. The Taskforce consists of the following committees, whose leaders and members monitor the program success and plot its future course: Curriculum, Fundraising, Marketing, Operations, School Relations, Special Events, Strategic Planning, Training, Volunteer Recruitment, and Website.
Program Success Examples:
Reading to Kids succeeds each and every month as it brings together children, parents, teachers, school administrators, and volunteers at its monthly reading clubs. Every month, an average of over 1,200 children gather to be inspired with a love of reading. "The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children." - Nat'l Commission on Reading, 1985
Impact Summary from the Nonprofit
Reading to Kids gathers on average 800 children and 350 volunteers at reading clubs on the second Saturday of every month at eight Los Angeles elementary schools. Since its inception in 1999, Reading to Kids has given more than 100,000 books to children who attend the reading clubs, donated more than 20,000 books to school libraries, and our volunteers have spent over 130,000 hours reading to kids.