With his reading mentor, Adan picks out his favorite Dr. Seuss book. 11,903 books have been given away to students in FAAP programs.
The primary goal of The Friends of Aurora’s After-School Programs is to support parents, teachers, and students to ensure that children can read at grade level by third grade. We provide trained, supervised, one-on-one reading mentors for elementary school children after school and in the summer. By utilizing neighborhood libraries, and keeping them open for extended hours, we provide easy access to books for under-resourced children.
For 25 weeks, students stay after school to read with their trained one-on-one FAAP Reading Mentor. The relationship that develops is the “magic” that makes our programs a success. Our mentors range in age from 17-80.
By keeping neighborhood libraries open for extended hours, we provide easy access to books for under-resourced families. Our programs work with teachers and parents who are helping their children learn to read. Students in our programs have borrowed and returned over 43,800 library books.
For the past 14 years, students in our Second Grade Reading Mentor Program have significantly improved their reading ability according to testing completed by the school staff. It is not uncommon for children to improve one to two grades levels in six months.