"Thank you, Reading Assist, for giving me that confidence to know that I can do it and that I will succeed with a little extra effort."

Thomas Reid, RAI student

Volunteers — Why You’re Needed

Our schools are full of bright, inquisitive students ready to read and succeed.

But some need your help to do so.

Many young children will struggle with learning to read … not because they lack motivation or good teaching, but because of basic neuro-biological differences that cause their brains to work differently than their classmates. Researchers estimate that as many as 20 percent of students will find it difficult to learn to read through standard classroom instruction, and 5 percent may never learn to read at all – no matter how hard the teacher and the student work at it.

For students like these, only carefully designed, multi-sensory intervention programs (like the one developed at Reading Assist Institute) will give them the skills they need to grasp the basic mechanics of reading, showing them how to turn sounds into letters, letters into words and words into ideas.

This is the work of our reading intervention teams. Working inside school districts, volunteer interventionists use Reading Assist Institute’s program to lead children through the English sound system, one step at a time, as they learn how to systematically unlock the written word.

The results are real, tangible, heart-warming, and earned through the hard work of students and team members alike.

RAI interventionists come from all walks of life. Some are retired teachers. Others have committed to a year of service after graduating college. Many had no experience in education before working with us, but all receive significant training from our staff before they step foot into a classroom, as well as coaching and support along every step of the way.

But what they all have in common is a desire to give back and to make a real difference in the lives of young children.