Chicago HOPES for Kids, a nonprofit organization that provides educational support for children living in homeless shelters throughout Chicago, offers shelter-based after school homework help and literacy programming at five shelters and are planning to expand to two additional shelters in the near future.
A major component of our programming is our leveled literacy program. At the beginning of each semester, our students are assessed to determine their reading levels (A-Z) and areas in which they need additional support. Then, using this information, our volunteers work with the students each day, reading books at their level and completing fun academic activities to boost their literacy skills.
We are currently seeking specialized volunteers to assess our K-5 students using the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System (BAS). We're looking for volunteers who are already familiar with the BAS or who are willing to attend a 3-day training before performing the assessments.
The training will take place mid-to-late September at our office in the West Loop. Once we have a group of interested volunteers, we will try to find one or two times that work well for everyone. Meals will be provided.
Our volunteers will perform the assessments from September 24-October 2. Each volunteer will need to commit to one shelter location and a minimum of two late afternoons/early evenings within that time frame to complete the assessments.
Although we think this is a great opportunity for current or retired teachers and university faculty, we also think this would be a good learning experience for pre-service teachers and anyone interested in education.
If you're interested in volunteering, please contact our Program Manager, Amanda Miley, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, please feel free to reach out to her with any questions that you might have.