SitStayRead


About SitStayRead

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:

Dog Visits
Guest Readers
Reading Rewards
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.

Current Opportunities at 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 work together to support SitStayRead in a multitude of ways.

Type: Ongoing Opportunity
Good For: People Over 16

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 program, or Earned Dog Visits. The first 30 minutes are spent reading a book to and with the kids (reading styles are provided during Literacy Training). The following 5 – 10 minutes after reading are spent brainstorming with the group about what they will be writing about, and for the last 20 minutes Book Buddies help their group write their own stories based on the book that was read.

Commitment: 1 hour per week for the duration of 4-8 weeks depending on the program opportunity.

Training Requirement: Volunteer Orientation and Literacy Training

Type: Ongoing Opportunity
Good For: Internships, Seniors
Days: Friday, Monday, Thursday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Times: Afternoons, Mornings

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 Buddies program, the Tail Blazers program, or Earned Dog Visits to practice reading the assigned book of the week and writing a short story. DTs rotate between kids during the 4 – 8 weeks of their assigned program so that each student in the classroom has a chance to meet and interact with all the dogs.

Commitment: 1 hour per week, once per week for the duration of 4-8 weeks depending on the program.

Training Required: Volunteer Orientation and Literacy Training, three 1-hour sessions as a BB, attend one 1-hour SitStayRead Dog Information Class and pass the SitStayRead Dog Test, and submit current veterinary record to the SitStayRead office.

Type: Ongoing Opportunity
Good For: Internships, People Over 16, Seniors
Days: Friday, Monday, Thursday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Times: Afternoons, Mornings
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