Help kids learn to read…without leaving your desk!
Kids who aren’t strong readers by fourth grade are at risk of never catching up. Help kids in local schools read better with Vello, an online program that links volunteer tutors with local students using a computer or smartphone.
How does Vello work?
Volunteering as a reading tutor during the school day can be hard for workers to schedule, and guests in a classroom can be a major distraction from a teacher’s lesson. Vello makes it easy by using reading software and screen-sharing technology so volunteers can help local students without leaving their desks.
Participating teachers in grades 1st-3rd choose five to six of their struggling readers to participate in 30-minute Vello sessions each week. When it’s time, students use a special computer in their classroom and a headset to read books aloud from a website and answer questions to test their understanding. When a volunteer signs up to tutor that session, they’ll be able to see the student’s screen and talk to the reader to help with tough words, ask questions, celebrate with them as they learn.
For the 2019-2020 school year United Way and Vello volunteers will support students at Hadfield Elementary in the School District of Waukesha.
- Commit to tutor at least one 30-minute session per week for a semester.
- Pass a background check.
- Complete a one-hour training in person or via webinar.
- Volunteers are also encouraged to attend any of several meet-and-greet opportunities with students at the school.
Interested in being a tutor?
Learn about trainings dates and more by registering on our site. We'll reach out with next steps to those interested in becoming Vello tutors.