Reading Partners


Reading Partners mobilizes communities to provide students with the proven, individualized reading support they need to read at grade level by fourth grade. Established in 2001 in Menlo Park and now an organization with a national reach, Reading Partners became a part of the Los Angeles educational landscape in 2008.

We all know that reading is the foundation for all future learning, and the ability to read transforms children and communities to reach their full potential. Research shows that students who read at grade level by fourth grade have a greater opportunity to succeed in school and in life.

That's why Reading Partners collaborates with under-resourced schools and engage volunteer reading partners to work one-on-one with students who struggle with reading.

An evidence-based and community-driven organization, Reading Partners recruits and trains volunteers to work individually with students for 45 minutes twice a week, following a structured curriculum.

On average, Reading Partners' students more than double their rate of learning while in the program.


2001 in Menlo Park:
2008 in Los Angeles

Karine Apollon
Chief Executive Officer


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Nonprofit (donations)

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