I have been a tutor volunteer for the reading program from 2013-2014, and a program coordinator from 2014-2017. Much like my sister, Jennifer (her Success Story can be found here), I was drawn to the organization out of a desire to help children while at the same time improving my own teaching and communication skills.
As a tutor, I always find a unique joy in working one-on-one with a child over weeks and months to not only improve his or her literacy, but also to inspire a newfound love for reading. I recall with amazement how one of my buddies was advancing nearly one reading level each week in part because of the relationship we built together.
As a coordinator, supporting the tutors under my direction and mentoring newer coordinators has helped to develop my leadership skills. For its rewarding experiences and opportunities, I highly recommend Learning Buddies Network!