Help Students in Grades 1-3 Boost their Literacy Skills over the Summer!

  • Volunteer Opportunity posted by Masa



Times of day

Weekday Afternoons

Time Commitment

A few hours per week


Short-Term (few weeks/months)


2770 Third Avenue
First Floor
New York
United States


Masa invites you to join our summer program! By tutoring once a week you can be a part of the change. Join us in transforming communities through education - one family, one child at a time!

We are seeking dedicated volunteers to be a part of our literacy initiative, 1.5 hours a week. Volunteers will work with students going into grades 1-3 to help improve their literacy skills, so they go into the next school year as confident learners and readers.

About Masa:

Masa is a non-profit organization that partners with Mexican and Latino children, youth and family to create strong learners and leaders who fully contribute to the broader community.

About the Literacy Intensive program:

During the summer, Masa will help students struggling in literacy to boost their phonemic awareness, vocabulary and reading comprehension. In the area where Masa operates, just 25% of third-graders read at grade level - so additional support is critical!

Volunteer Duties:

Literacy volunteers will:

  • Work with small groups of students going into grades 1-3 to provide intensive literacy instruction, specifically:
  • Work with students to identify, hear and manipulate sounds in words using games
  • Support students in using tools to recognize the relationship between letters and sounds
  • Practice fluent reading with students using instructional level reading material
  • Perform daily read aloud to encourage reading comprehension and foster a love of reading
  • Create an environment in which children develop trusting and accepting relationships with adults and peers that foster growth and development
  • Collaborate in devising strategies for reinforcing material or skills based on an understanding of individual students, their needs, interests, and abilities
  • Maintain and model high academic and personal expectations for all students
  • Additional duties identified by Literacy Specialist as needed

Volunteer Requirements:

Volunteers should:

  • Be available at least one afternoon a week Mondays through Thursdays from 4 pm to 5:30 pm beginning July 9th, 2018, through August 18th, 2018
  • Attend a training which will take place prior to program start date
  • Communicate observations regarding students' academic, social and behavioral status
  • Be flexible, creative, organized and able to respond to change as needed
  • Fill out volunteer application and interview with Masa staff


  • Training Provided


  • Groups
  • Families

How To Apply

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