Frequently Asked Questions

IMG_9068Get answers about the AkronReads program and how you can be involved.

How can I volunteer?

Two ways:

  1. Community volunteers are individuals or small, informal groups of 10 people or less who would like to volunteer and do so directly through AkronReads.
  2. Corporate partners are Akron-area companies and organizations of 10 or more people, with a designated coordinator who helps recruit and organize people into an official AkronReads team and are assigned a school to help provide tutors.

How long does the program last?

Essentially, the length of the school year, October through April

What is the time commitment for a volunteer?

We ask that all tutors undergo an hour-long training session to start. After that, tutoring sessions are once a week, for one hour, for the duration of the program.

Do I tutor the same child every week for the entire duration?

Yes, to build confidence and trust between the student and tutor, it is best to work with the same student throughout the duration of the program.

Can two tutors work with the same student?

Yes, to help accommodate schedules, teams of two volunteers can alternate weeks working with an individual student. But to maintain consistency and foster the best possible tutoring relationship, teams of more than two are not recommended.

 When does the tutoring take place? During school? After school?

Both options are available. Daytime tutoring times are determined by the individual school principals. After-school tutoring is available only at schools that participate in Akron After School, which is usually offered three times per week. If you are interested in after-school hours, please let us know so that we can match you with a school that is available at these times.

View the current AkronReads tutoring locations and time options.

Do you provide training?

Yes, we hold one-hour training sessions on a limited basis at our partner sites prior to the start of the program. All tutors who are able to attend are welcome to participate. Tutors who are not able to attend the face-to-face trainings can access the online training session.

Will AkronReads assist us in choosing age-appropriate, popular books for our students?

Yes. Each AkronReads school has a site coordinator who can help volunteers identify books.  The APS literacy specialists also provide a special booklist to use with students identified for Akron Reads support.  Another great resource is your local branch of the Akron-Summit County Public Library!

Do I have my choice of what grade I would like to tutor?

The Language Arts department has recommended this  AkronReads Student Selection Criteria (2) for the 2015-16 school year.

Do I have my choice of what school I would like to go to?

Yes, but we have to keep in mind our corporate partners, as well as daytime and after-school schedules, so we will do our very best to fulfill your first choice of school, but it may be necessary to place you where the need is greatest.

Does AkronReads require a background check?

Yes, all volunteers must verify completion of a company background check or complete a BCI&I background check, provided free-of-charge by Akron Public Schools.

Background checks can be obtained at Akron Public Schools Administration building, 70 North Broadway St., Room 204, Akron 44308, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Notify the HR representative that you are an AkronReads tutor.

If you have recently obtained a background check from another source, please provide that documentation to: Akron Public Schools Administration building, Office of Community Relations, Attention: Carla L. Sibley