Founded in 2003, we bring teams of trained literacy volunteers and certified reading-assistance dogs into the classroom to tackle the serious issue of childhood literacy. Each grade, first through fourth, has a customized curriculum designed with the University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Literacy. Our year-long programming consists of four components:
Summer Reading Fun Packs
Since its inception, SitStayRead has grown to serve 7,373 first, second, third and fourth grade students in Chicago’s public schools and community centers. Our curriculum comes to life in the East Garfield Park, East Rogers Park, Fuller Park, Humboldt Park, Cabrini Green, Near South, North Lawndale, and West Town neighborhoods.
Opportunities Available with SitStayRead
Become Part of Our Board of Directors
Become a part of the group which develops and leads the strategic visions of SitStayRead by join our Board of Directors. SitStayRead’s Board is a body of elected/appointed members that…More
Volunteer as a Book Buddy!
A Book Buddy (BB) is a volunteer without a dog, working with the same small group of children each week for one hour in the Little Buddies program, Tail Blazers…More
Volunteer as a Dog Team!
A Dog Team (DT) is comprised of a volunter and their SitStayRead-certified reading assistance dog. Dog Teams work with one (or two) kid(s) at a time in either the Little…More
Book Buddy/Big Buddy:
A Book Buddy/Big Buddy is a volunteer without a dog who will work in a team with the same group of children in a program each week. A Book Buddy/Big Buddy is a person who loves working with kids, can read in multiple styles with children, can write clearly, will follow written instructions, and works well in a team.
Time Commitment: 1 hour and 15 minutes per week for up to 8 weeks
Training Required: Volunteer Orientation & Literacy Training, Shadow a SitStayRead Program in action
A Dog Team is a volunteer and their SitStayRead Certified Reading Assistance dog, who are assigned to one of three small groups of children in a program each week. They will work with one to three kids at a time, for five to seven minutes each. A Dog Team is ideal for a person who prefers a more one-on-one approach, can multi-task easily, and is able to reinforce Dog Safety, while their dog can easily adapt to sudden environmental changes, has great coping skills, and comprehends basic manners and commands.
Commitment: 1 hour and 15 minutes per week for up to 8 weeks
Training Required: Volunteer Orientation & Literacy Training, Shadow a SitStayRead Program in action,
volunteer as a Book Buddy for a minimum of 3 sessions, attend a Dog Team Information Session, & pass the Dog Team Test
Opportunities Available: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday