Reading Power Inc.

About Reading Power Inc.

Working in partnership with underserved schools, Reading Power provides one-to-one literacy tutoring during the school day for children in prekindergarten through 2nd grade in North Chicago, Waukegan, and Zion, IL. All tutors receive initial, ongoing, and refresher training. All lessons are individualized for each child, every day. The program is offered three-five times a week based on grade level and location. Reading Power is led by reading professionals, powered by trained volunteers, and uses research-based curricula.

Our mission is to accelerate children’s literacy learning and to develop in them a love of reading and writing. All children deserve to reach their intellectual potential!

Together, we can make a difference in the lives of children in Lake County. Since our founding in 2003, Reading Power volunteers have tutored more than 4,000 children.


Current Opportunities at Reading Power Inc.

Interested in Becoming a Reading Power Tutor?

So much of the success that children experience in Reading Power is due to the strong relationships that young children form with our tutors. ​

​Our volunteer tutors and professional staff are a diverse group of dedicated, educated, and passionate individuals. They come from all walks of life and share a love for reading and children.

Consistency creates a quality educational experience and builds confidence and trust. For that reason, we ask our tutors to make a solid commitment to whichever program they choose. Tutors commit to being on-site at a school one day per week for 2-3 hours, depending on the program. Programs are offered in the mornings and afternoons. We recognize that our tutors are volunteering their time and talents, and have developed a system to trade days with other tutors when “life” gets in the way of your plans. 

A background check will be completed for each tutor. More information about the prekindergarten, kindergarten, first grade and second grade programs may be found here.  Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. 

For more information, please contact Associate Director of Programs, Kristin Fine at:

  • North Chicago, Waukegan, Zion, IL
Type: Ongoing Opportunity
Good For: Adults, Seniors
Categories: Education, Poverty & Homelessness, Youth
Days: Friday, Monday, Thursday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Times: Afternoons, Mornings

Looking for a meaningful volunteer opportunity? Become a Reading Power Pre-Kindergarten Volunteer

Read to three and four-year-olds in their classroom during their one-hour free-choice time. Read to one child at a time, giving them the one-on-one attention, they crave. You will work on oral language development and read in a conversational, fun, and good-natured manner with each child meeting them where they are with literacy. You will be promoting the love of books and literacy that will last a lifetime.


  • Green Bay Early Childhood Center 2100 Green Bay Rd, North Chicago, IL 60064
Type: Ongoing Opportunity
Good For: Adults, Seniors
Days: Friday, Monday, Thursday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Times: Afternoons, Mornings
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