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About Rochester Reading Champions

Rochester Reading Champions (RRC) is an innovative community program that matches highly-trained volunteers with underserved youth and adults who struggle to read and write. 

Our Mission

RRC aspires to bridge the literacy gap and unlock potential.

Our Strategy

By meeting underserved students at locations they already frequent, we provide access to effective, structured literacy tutoring and eliminate key barriers to achievement including transportation and cost.

Our Volunteer Tutors

  • Complete a minimum of 120 hours of Orton-Gillingham training from The Reading Center
  • Provide free, 1 to 1 instruction at least 2x/week, giving students between 80 -100 (45-60 minute) lessons
  • Participate in ongoing training & support

Our Program

RRC Tutoring

2019 RRC Stats

  • 34 active tutors
  • 41 students served
  • 1,039 lessons

Cumulative Stats

  • 5,710 free lessons
  • 20,612 volunteer hours

Youth Average Student Gains

  • 2.7 grade levels in reading
  • 2.2 grade levels in spelling

Our Stories

The Tutor

"It has been very rewarding to work with her, and my student is so proud of how well active tutors students served she can read now.”

The Student

“I really like this program because it has helped me a lot! When I was in 1st grade, I never got my spelling words right. I always used to have to read little kid books. I didn’t feel good about it and sometimes other kids made fun of me. Now I read books all the time! I’m happy and my mom is happy because I’m doing so much better at school. I can write letters and stories. I can understand story problems and my homework.” Recent retesting of this third grader found her reading words at a 5.9 grade level!

The Parent

“RRC has helped my daughter and continues to do so in so many ways. She is more confident in her capability to do anything and everything. She is happier now, because she is no longer teased about not being able to read. The program has helped her excel, in not just reading, but in every subject.”

Volunteer Information

Volunteer Requirements (PDF)

Contact Us

For more information, contact Gail Harris: gharris@rplmn.org | 507.328.2373