Reading Partners will launch one of the first CityTutor Hubs, providing tutoring for students experiencing housing instability at Terrell House, a short-term family housing facility in Ward 1. Reading Partners mobilizes and trains volunteers to help students become confident readers, and this partnership, which includes DC’s Department of Health and Human Services, will provide literacy tutoring to unhoused families.
Shukurat Adamoh-Faniyan, Executive Director of Reading Partners DC, said that particularly in light of the pandemic, all children needed access to tools that support them in getting back on track and, for many whom the organization serves, further ahead than ever before.
“Establishing a CityTutor Hub at the Terrell House for unhoused families will ensure that students in need have access to a quality, high-impact tutoring program that will build their confidence and support their growth,” Adamoh-Faniyan said.
About Reading Partners
Reading Partners works across the country and in DC with community volunteers and local public schools to provide students in under-resourced schools with the proven, individualized reading intervention they need to read at grade level. In 2019, even before the pandemic, only 19% of DC economically disadvantaged fourth-graders were reading proficiently at grade level. Reading Partners knows that the teaching loss students have endured during the pandemic has been challenging, exacerbating inequalities among DC’s young people. Their high-dosage, one-on-one model offers a way for participants to accelerate their learning and focus on building the confidence needed to succeed as they strive toward educational equity for all of the District’s students.