Who can volunteer with BookPALS?
- SAG-AFTRA union members and/or Actor Equity Association performers
- Union members available for one hour a week during the typical school BookPALS read in two assigned classrooms, consecutively, i.e. 9:00- 9:25am, 9:30 – 9:55am.
- The most successful volunteers are those with:
- A genuine interest in youth development
- A practiced commitment to reading aloud
- A cooperative attitude and strong communication skills
- A willingness to attend training workshops
- A consistency in volunteer schedule
What happens if I am unavailable to read regularly every week?
Research proves that reading aloud regularly to a child improves listening comprehension skills, builds a capacity for critical thinking, increases vocabulary and context knowledge and sparks a positive association with reading. To deepen our impact, BookPALS volunteers are encouraged to commit to 1-hour a week for a minimum of 1-school semester. If your schedule does not allow for a regular commitment, please discuss with your local Literacy Program Manager. Literacy Program Managers will determine options that are consistent with our mission and funding guidelines. Should BookPALS not be a good fit for you at this time, we will hold application materials for one year.
I am an eligible volunteer, how do I get started?
- Eligible volunteers complete an online volunteer application via BookPALS Volunteer Portal.
Click HERE to get started!
- A criminal background check is performed on all volunteers to maximize the safety of the students. All volunteers are cleared either by the Foundation or local school district prior to placement. You will receive notification once your application has been approved.
- Potential volunteers are required to attend a Reader Workshop hosted by your local Literacy Program Manager.
- After attending a Reader Workshop, your local Literacy Program Manager will assign you to a school and assist with a placement schedule.