We offer our literacy programs in two venues:

Elementary Schools in Boston and Revere

Generations Incorporated has strong and strategic partnerships with15 elementary schools in the city of Boston as well as Revere, MA. We bring teams of highly trained literacy volunteers into schools to work with students in Grades K-3 who are not reaching literacy benchmarks but could if they had extra help. Our work is highly aligned with the work of classroom teachers.  Teachers and volunteers are paired for the year and work in collaboration to increase the literacy skills of young children.  Our training is designed to meet Massachusetts Common Core Standards as well as specific school curricula.

Normally, each participating classroom is assigned a volunteer who will serve two mornings per week during the literacy block.  Each classroom teacher assigns between 8-10 students who need extra help to meet literacy benchmarks.  The volunteer works with these children twice per week in small goups of 2-4 students. . The tutoring can be done inside the classroom or in an adjacent area.  Our goal is to place one volunteer in each K-3 Classroom, though for larger schools with multiple sections of each grade,  it may take two years to reach scale.

Feedback from participating teachers is overwhelmingly positive, most stating that the impact affects not only the students receiving specialized instruction, but the entire class.  In addition to improved literacy outcomes, other benefits include better behavior, stronger student participation, and improved attendance.

Each  school partner is expected to pay a fee each year to help offset expenses.  This fee ranges from $11,000 to $25,000 depending on the size of the program.

After School Programs in Boston

We partner with the Boston Boys and Girls Clubs as well as school-based afterschool programs.  We provide a highly structured, highly focused one:one literacy program, called the Reading Coaches Program.  Participating students are referred to the program by the Education Director of the Afterschool Program or by a parent.  Our goal is to work with at least 35 students in each afterschool program, each of whom will be assigned a tutor who will meet with the student twice per week.

We use a leveled reading curriculum designed by the American Reading Company and provide our own materials.  Students are assessed twice per week  

Participating after school programs are expected to pay a fee of $12,500 per year to offset some of the costs of this program.

For both programs, volunteers receive significant training and have an extensive background checks  Each team of volunteers is led by a site team leader who is on site while the program is in operation.

For more information, please contact Mary Gunn, Executive Director at mgunn@generationsinc.org