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Opportunity Details

ReadingPals - ELC of Manatee County

Can you spare a half-hour to make a difference in the life of a child?

ReadingPals provides mentors for at risk students in Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) programs to 3rd grade, through one-on-one instruction or small group settings.

Offered in Manatee County through the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County, and the Manatee County School District under the direction of the Children's Movement of Florida.

Mentors meet weekly in person or virtually with 1-2 students at a time (total of 25 sessions).
Background screening, training, mentor support and resources provided by the ELC of Manatee County.

Advice on literacy needs improvements for students provided by classroom teachers and parental consent for participation is required.


The locations for this project are:

  • Sunshine Academy and Preschool at 2520 43rd St W, Bradenton 34209 - Mondays @ 9:15 & 10:00 (2 classrooms)
  • Growing Hands at 5743 69th St E, Palmetto, 34221 Tuesdays @ 9:15
  • Manatee United Methodist Preschool at 315 15th St East, Bradenton, 34208 Tuesdays @ 10:00
  • A Readiness Learning Academy at 9045 59th Ave Cir, East, Bradenton 34202 Thursdays @ 9:15
  • A Readiness Learning Academy at 6130 SR 70 East, Bradenton, 34203 Thursdays @ 10:00
  • Learning With Love at 2712 47th Ave West, Bradenton, 34207 Fridays @ 9:15
Youth Education

Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+

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Volunteers needed through 5/27/2022
Palmetto, FL 34221
  • Monday: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Kerry Gaylord

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