Literacy

There is a vital need for students to successfully read and comprehend at an early age. Our literacy initiative, DUVAL READS, provides intensive one-on-one and small group reading tutoring to students in kindergarten through the ninth grade. The program’s goal is to increase students’ reading comprehension by at least one letter grade. Our tutors work in the schools on a full-time and part-time basis with their assigned students.

SONY DSCMajor funding for DUVAL READS is provided through Volunteer Florida from the Corporation for National and Community Service. Significant matching funds are provided locally by JPMorgan Chase, Comcast Foundation, and Aetna.

DUVAL READS has been working in Duval County Schools since 1999 and has helped more than  7,000 students achieve their reading goals. In the 2013-14 school year, 44 members worked in 23 different schools and helped more than 500 students increase their reading capabilities.

DUVAL READS is an AmeriCorps program that is organized and directed by Communities In Schools of Jacksonville. AmeriCorps is a national service program that was established in 1993 to provide services in communities across the United States in the areas of education, health, safety and environment.

The DREAM Project (Duval Reads Engaging America’s Military) is a new initiative under the DUVAL READS program that will focus on involving active duty military and veterans as volunteer mentors and tutors for military dependent students. This bold new initiative has a two-fold purpose: 1. To focus on improving the overall lives of our military youth through providing assistance in literacy and mentoring 2. To connect the additional military community with opportunities to improve the city of Jacksonville and surrounding areas through service.  If you are a veteran or active military interested in volunteering, contact Carolyn Lynn, clynn@cisjax.org.  VIDEO: Introducing the DREAM Project!

Quick Facts

  • In the 2012-13 School Year, 85.8% of students participating in DUVAL READS increased their reading level.
  • In the 2012-13 School Year, 84.5% of students participating in DUVAL READS were promoted to the next grade.
  • DUVAL READS is funded by both community grants and gifts and through a match-fund program with Volunteer Florida.

FAQ’s

Q: How do you become a reading tutor?
A: There are a few qualifications to become an AmeriCorps member and part of the DUVAL READS program:
• You must be a US citizen or possess a green card.
• You must be 18 years of age. Individuals may serve at 17 years of age with a parent’s permission.
• Every member must pass a background screening conducted by Duval County Schools
• You must possess at least a high school diploma or G.E.D.
• You must fill out the member application found on the Volunteer or Mentor page and return it to CIS offices.

Q: How can I get my child into DUVAL READS?
A: Inquire at your child’s’ school.

Q: Will tutors help with other class work in addition to reading?
A: No, tutors may only assist students in reading.

Click to download an application:

AmeriCorps Application