Volunteer opportunites

Building Communities. Empowering Readers.

WITS literacy mentors make up the largest volunteer corps servicing Chicago Public Schools (CPS) elementary students. WITS works with volunteers to build critical literacy skills and meaningful relationships with CPS elementary students. WITS has over 30 years of experience delivering consistent literacy student mentorship programs in CPS. WITS mentors connect with students over stories and activities, empowering them to ask questions, raise their hand in class, and discover new interests.

If you would like to be added to our prospective volunteer list, please apply here. We will reach out to you when we are ready to engage new volunteers.
If you volunteer with WITS through a program with your company, please reach out to your WITS program staff member for more information.

Are you volunteering individually?

WITS offers two programs for individual volunteers looking to mentor Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students.


would you like to volunteer as a part of a company or organization?

WITS partners with corporations and organizations in Chicago through our Mid-Day Mentoring (MDM) and Workplace Mentoring (WPM) programs.



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.

-mid-day mentoring volunteer at Brentano Elementary

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