Become a literacy mentor with the Open Books Buddies program & help students improve their reading skills
Open Books Buddies is a weekly program that allows elementary students to work one-on-one with a trained, supportive mentor to help boost reading skills such as fluency and comprehension. Twice each week, a Big Buddy and a Little Buddy pair read together in 30-minute segments. This allows each volunteer mentor to work with two students over the course of the academic year. The Big Buddy's job is to be a coach and role model whose love of books is contagious -- and maybe even life-changing -- for the Little Buddy.
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Volunteers Say...


Chicago Parent

"While the students work on the nuts and bolts of reading, the students are also growing their vocabularies -- and their confidence...."


Volunteer As A Buddy
Want to join us as a Buddy? See the details!




We are still finalizing details for our Buddies programs this fall - check back in August for updated information!
All sites will run through mid-December.

Want to join us? Request a spot by clicking here



Bronzeville Lighthouse Charter School
8 W Root St. [map]

Days/Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:20-3:35

CTA: Indiana Green Line, Bus # 29 - State St.


CICS Bucktown
2235 North Hamilton Avenue [map]

Days/Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:35-2:20pm

CTA: Bus #74 - Fullerton, Bus #50 - Damen

 Special!West TownSpecial!

Otis Elementary
525 N Armour St. [map]

Days/Times: Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:50-2:05

CTA: Bus #65 - Grand, Bus #9 - Ashland

West Town

Mitchell Elementary
2233 W. Ohio St. [map]

Days/Times: Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:15-10:30

CTA: Bus #65 - Grand, Bus #66 - Chicago, Bus #49 - Western, Bus #50 - Damen


McCutcheon Elementary
4865 N Sheridan Rd [map]

Days/Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:50-10:05am

CTA: Argyle/Lawrence Red Line, Bus #147 - Outer Drive Express, Bus #151 - Sheridan, Bus #81 - Lawrence

Near North

Salazar Elementary
160 W Wendell St. [map]

Days/Times: TBA

CTA: Bus #70 - Division, Bus #66 - Chicago



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