Upward Mobility

BUTTE REGION: The Reading Pals program has been operating in Chico for 4 years in its current form. In 2016-2017, 148 volunteers spent 4,400 hours tutoring 168 students at 4 school sites. The program is expanding into two additional Chico Elementary schools and two elementary schools in an adjacent community in the fall of 2017.

Reading Pals provides supervised one-on-one tutoring by community volunteers for each child not reading at grade level. While teaching aptitude, the one-on-one setting allows the tutor to reinforce the identity and value of the individual child…the bedrock of a future independent person capable of becoming a productive and proactive citizen. A committed volunteer communicates value and pride in a student, giving them a reason to try and celebrating their success with a “you have what it takes to succeed” message.