NextLA Ready to Learn: Inspire First Graders through Reading and Art

Location: 750 E 49th St, Los Angeles CA, 90011

Date: 9/23/2017 Spots Remaining: 9


Project Description: Help volunteers of NextLA, in partnership with L.A. Works, inspire a lifelong love of reading in a group of first grade students! Assist students at an elementary school within the Los Angeles Unified School District improve overall reading ability, expand vocabulary, build self-confidence, and broaden their perception of their own potential.

NextLA is a nonprofit organization offering professional development, community engagement and network building opportunities for LA’s emerging professionals, ages 21-40. Learn more at

Volunteer Role & Responsibilities:  Volunteers work directly with the children either one-on-one or in small groups. They listen to children read, assist them as necessary, and document the number of books and pages read. Volunteers also help the children complete the session’s designated art project. No teaching or art experience is necessary.

Time Commitment: 10:00AM-1:00PM on one Saturday per month. Volunteers are encouraged to attend at least three Saturdays throughout the course of the school year to build a stronger bond with the students.


  • All volunteers on the premises must clear a background check. The background check provided by Verified Volunteers costs $23. Please allow up to one week for processing. We will inform you of your status upon completion of the screening process.  Background checks are valid indefinitely and do not need to be repeated.
  • While this project is open to the public, priority is given to current NextLA members.  To ensure your spot with this project, you have the option to Join NextLA – which also gives you access to all NextLA programming! 
  • All volunteers must register with L.A. Works, if they are not already.
  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

How to Apply:

  1. Register for your LA Works account
  2. Join NextLA as a member (Optional) 
  3. Contact Kristen Rubi at to initiate the Verified Volunteers background check
  4. Via LA Works website sign up to volunteer for at least 3 Ready to Learn sessions!

Note: Your spot on our volunteer roster is pending background check approval (including payment) 


  • Assist at an elementary school that serves a predominantly minority and economically disadvantaged student body
  • Improve language skills for many children who are learning English as a second language
  • Boost a child’s self-esteem through a relatively small time commitment
  • Discover or revisit new and classic children’s books
  • Meet a wonderful, diverse group of fellow volunteers
  • Morning snack and lunch are provided

Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities
  • Issue Area(s): Children & Youth Education
  • Population Served: Families
  • Age Minimum (with Adult):18+, Minimum Age:18+
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