Our volunteers connect with students over stories and activities, empowering them to ask questions, raise their hand in class, and discover new interests. They are committed to the long-term success of their student, and invested in the school community where they serve. Most importantly, our volunteers believe deeply in their students and the power of reading.
Are you volunteering individually?
WITS offers four programs for individulal volunteers looking to mentor Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students either during the day or on weekends.
The best thing about my WITS experience is that it clearly made a difference with my student partner. Over the course of the program she became much more willing to read, read for longer periods of time and became an overall stronger reader. Genesis has a lot of energy and a dramatic flair so it could be challenging to keep her focused at times, but those aspects of her personality also kept it fun for me and I think we developed a bond over time. I already miss her.