Teaching literacy. CHANGING LIVES.
OLAA has joined forces with the national education nonprofit Reading Partners, which works to improve the reading skills of students in Title I elementary schools. Reading Partners pairs tutors with elementary students that are reading 6 months to 2.5 years below grade-level. Volunteers work one-on-one with students for 45 minutes once or twice a week, following a structured, research-based curriculum.
OLAA encourages students of all ages to volunteer with Reading Partners as part of its commitment to community service. Both orgs may collaborate on the showcasing of reading, writing and performing skills as a way to inspire students’ growth into passionate readers and writers.
Participants can sign up for the next Reading Partners tutor training HERE.
Tulsa City-County Library Literacy Tutors:
OLAA encourages students of all ages to volunteer with the Tulsa City-County Library as part of its commitment to community service.
The Library's Adult Literacy Service offers one-on-one tutoring to adults and young adults (16+) who wish to improve their reading and writing skills. TCCL tutors are people from the community interested in volunteering. Participants can sign up now for the next tutor training by registering online. For more information call the literacy office at 918.549.7400.
OLAA's Louder Than a Bomb-Oklahoma Coaches & Mentors:
After high school graduation, LTAB-Ok participants routinely show an interest in mentoring, particularly at their alma maters. OLAA offers support in placing young mentors into schools and youth orgs alongside our teaching artists. This is one way we produce pathways for students to begin exploring work as educators, as well as to discover the rewards of volunteering. 18+ students may also participate in college-level poetry slams in which they may win prizes going towards a high school or youth org of their choosing.
Part of OLAA's mission is to motivate its participants towards community service. For this reason, we highlight avenues related to the literary arts by way of our own programs, and via partnerships. Studies have shown that community service has a positive effect on all examined outcomes: academic (e.g., school grades and school motivation), personal (e.g., self-esteem and identity), social (e.g., tolerance and social skills), and civic (e.g., civic responsibility and volunteering). These outcomes are especially evident when the community service is accompanied with structured reflection and discussion.