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LOCATION: New York City
WEBSITE: readingpartners.org

Reading Partners mobilizes communities to provide students with the proven, individualized reading support they need to read at grade level by fourth grade.

We know that reading is the foundation for all future learning, and the ability to read transforms lives and empowers children and communities to reach their full potential. Research shows that students who read at grade level by fourth grade have a greater opportunity to succeed in school and in life. That’s why we partner with under-resourced schools and engage volunteer reading partners to work one-on-one with students who struggle with reading.

An evidence-based and community-driven organization, we recruit and train volunteers to work one-on-one with students for 45 minutes twice a week, following a structured curriculum. Our program model works and is backed by research which proves that our students make significant gains in reading.

On average, our students more than double their rate of learning while in the program. External evaluation showed measurable and statistically significant impact on reading achievement through Reading Partners. Last year, in New York City, Reading Partners served over 1,180 students and 75% of third- and fourth-grade students demonstrated growth that outpaces national norms for peers in the same grade.

The FAO Schwarz Fellow at Reading Partners


The FAO Schwarz Fellow will provide individualized reading instruction to students for direct service work and will recruit volunteers for special project work.


The FAO Schwarz Fellow will tutor at two high-need schools by providing individualized, one-on-one instruction to students in grades K-4, utilizing Reading Partners’ research-based curriculum.


The FAO Schwarz Fellow will be focused on recruiting volunteers. The Fellow will:

Build new partnerships in the South Bronx, focusing on how to engage older volunteers and how to support partnerships as we test technology.

Work on pilot initiatives including one that will test digital literacy tools to supplement our core model.

Develop ways to engage and appreciate partners who will assist us in testing new communications technology platforms.

Reading Partners places special emphasis on testing new technology platforms that allow volunteers to remotely connect with students for tutoring sessions. This strategic initiative expands our organizational impact and capacity. The Fellow will play a key role in this effort by hosting small neighborhood events and create unique ways for volunteers to interact with each and contribute to the development of valuable relationships among staff, partners and volunteers.


Applicants must be college seniors at the time of application and be eligible to work in the United States for the duration of the two-year Fellowship. For more about what we are seeking, please see “What We’re Looking For.” 

Please visit our website and send a resume and a cover letter to Rhea.Quinones@readingpartners.org

by February 15, 2020 (11:59 pm EST), expressing your interest in working at Reading Partners and your reasons for applying for the FAO Schwarz Fellowship. To be considered, please include FAO Schwarz Fellow within the subject line of your email. 

In your cover letter, please include your responses to the following questions:

Question 1: Please tell us how you learned about this opportunity and about your interest in the FAO Schwarz Fellowship. 

Question 2: Why are you interested in applying for the FAO Schwarz Fellowship position at this organization?

Question 3: What background and experiences would you bring to the direct service and special project work at this organization?

After carefully reviewing each application, we will interview promising candidates. We will select our Fellow by April 30th. Resumes and cover letters are also shared with the FAO Schwarz Fellowship. Thanks for your interest.