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Resources and training for volunteers

Providing volunteers with the training and support they need is essential to ensuring that they feel prepared and have a positive experience--and can best help children and youth.  Below are a wide range of training tools communities can utilize for this purpose.


For training readers...

National Service resources for readers

Pencil Foundation Reading Partners  volunteer manual, resource booklet from U.S. Dept. of Education and New Reader Booklet (student use) parent toolkits for reading and early math

Additional early learning resources may be found at and HERE  


For training tutors...

National Service resources for tutors resources for tutors (wide range of subjects)

Math and reading diagnostic tests starting at grade 4


For training mentors...

Building Relationships:  A Guide for New Mentors

Mentor Training Guide (United Way of Northern New Jersey)

National Service resources for mentors

Ongoing Training for Mentors from U.S. Dept. of Education

TN Achieves Handbook


For training young/student volunteers (13-18)...

Tennessee Scholars offers a training program for young volunteers throughout the state.  For more information, or to arrange a training, please contact Ruth Woodall at 615-256-5141 or 


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