The Manzano Mesa Community Literacy Program is recruiting volunteers from The University of New Mexico for its Mentor Reading program. The program, which began in the spring of 2015 in support of 24 first and second grade students struggling to read, provides a community volunteer for 30 minutes, four times a week, to assist students with their reading.  

Students gain an additional two hours per week of reading practice at school, and takes place during a blocked intervention time so that students do not miss new instruction from their classroom teachers.  Data collected thus far shows that students in the program are excelling at a faster rate than the control group who do not receive any type of intervention outside of classroom instruction. 

Volunteers are needed and would commit to a one hour (or 30 minute) block per week from Sept. 26 through May 12 from 1 - 2 pm (or 1 - 1:30 p.m. or 1:30 - 2 p.m.).  Volunteers must submit an online background check through APS and attend a training session.

Program Dates
Training: Tuesday, Sept. 20, Manzano Mesa Elementary, 5:30-7:30 PM 
Program start date: Monday, Sept. 26, 2016
Program end date: Friday, May 12, 2017
Time: 1 - 2 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (volunteers select one day of the week that works best for their schedule)

For more information, contact Kirsten Sanchez at