Hillsborough & Pinellas Counties

ReadingPals is a program designed to assist students as they learn to read. Over the course of the year (including summer), this program is offering fun, innovative, and educational mentoring for kindergarten through 3rd grade students at schools and community sites throughout Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. As a volunteer ReadingPal, you will READ to your student, LISTEN and support them while they read and PLAY literacy based games and activities. In addition to helping students to improve their reading skills, ReadingPals also helps to create a love of reading!

ReadingPals commit to meet regularly, one-on-one, for one hour a week with a child. Volunteer positions require a background screening and an orientation to prepare you to work with students. There are 6 after school sites to choose from across Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

Interested in becoming a ReadingPal in Hillsborough or Pinellas County?  It's easy!  Just follow these steps:

Step 1: Fill out the ReadingPals application.

Step 2: Complete the ReadingPals orientation.  Register for an in-person session or contact Nicole Brown at nbrown@uwsuncoast.org to access the online version.

For more information, contact Nicole Brown at nbrown@uwsuncoast.org or 813.274.0998.

Click here to view the ReadingPals newsletters. 

To become a ReadingPal in Manatee County, click here.


Manatee Area | 4215 Concept Ct, Bradenton, 34211 | 941.748.1313

Sarasota Area | 1800 2nd Street, Ste. 102, Sarasota, 34236 | 941.366.2686

Tampa Bay Area | 5201 W. Kennedy Blvd., Ste. 600, Tampa, 33609 | 813.274.0900

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