STAIR currently has over 150 volunteers who come from all walks of life. Each of our tutors commits from one to three hours each week preparing for and then spending quality time with his/her student working on reading skills.
STAIR in Annapolis Maryland has been operating for over ten years and in that time we’ve grown to eight sites and have helped over 200 students improve their reading skills… and improve their chances of high school graduation!
STAIR always needs volunteers to offer their time as tutors, substitutes and coordinators. We are especially searching for high energy and organized volunteers who would like to work as site coordinators at several of our Annapolis City and Anne Arundel County sites.
A Site Coordinator can work alone or share duties between two coordinators. Site coordinators prepare the site for STAIR tutoring twice a week. Their responsibilities include:
- Making sure there is a tutor for every student and a student for every tutor;
- Answering tutor questions regarding the STAIR curriculum and;
- Communicating with the school reading teacher and principal.
You can download the STAIR Volunteer Form below and save it on your computer for filling out interactively.
After you fill out either the New Volunteer application or the Returning Volunteer application please save it to your desktop. Then attached the saved document to your email to STAIR.
Tutor training (required) is held primarily in September and January, prior to the opening of the Fall and Spring STAIR semesters. No experience is necessary! All tutors must complete a background check via the Anne Arundel Public Schools and watch the “Anne Arundel County Public School Sexual Harassment and Abuse” video.
STAIR holds training sessions on the Campus of the First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis, 171 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. Keep an eye on our website for the 2017-2017 training sessions starting in the fall of 2016.
STAIR is now listed as a volunteer opportunity for students at Anne Arundel Community College. See aacvc.org/StudOpp5
From Linda Barbour, Executive Director:
“When I visit a STAIR site, I am always amazed at the quiet hum of activity. Even after a long day at school, our students are working hard with their tutors at reading, writing stories, and playing reading games to strengthen their reading fluency, comprehension and vocabulary. I believe strongly in the mission of STAIR and our students prove to me that one on one tutoring helps them to be better, more fluent readers.”
From our tutors:
“Developing a relationship with one student and working with him or her all year!”
“The dedication of the site coordinators… the commitment of the volunteers to “keep finding ways” to motivate… and of course – the students. Watching them improve & grow confident.”
“The one-on-one relationship with the tutors and students gives us the opportunity to really get to know the student, what help they need and what works for that individual.”
“Watching your student gain confidence and become secure and sure of himself or herself.”
For more information on becoming a volunteer contact:
Linda Barbour at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (410) 279-6480.