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Volunteer Opportunities with SAYL

SAYL’s primary volunteer opportunity is with our 2nd grade Reading Buddy program, and takes place at an area elementary school. We also have opportunities in our office, special events and internships throughout the year. Please view the dropdown menu below to see more information on our different volunteer opportunities.

Reading Buddy Volunteers

Volunteers are essential to the success of SAYL’s Reading Buddy program! Reading Buddies must be at least seventeen years old and be able to commit at least one hour per week, for a full school year, approximately 16 sessions. During this time, the volunteer works one-on-one with two students, each for thirty minutes. If Reading Buddies are able to commit to more time each week, they are encouraged to work more than the minimum requirement of one hour.

At this time, SAYL is developing a safe and effective environment to face the challenges of tutoring our students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please register below and be patient with us as we overcome these challenges. Our staff will reach out to you when new training sessions are available.

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Book Donations

Book Buddies Giveaway 2016SAYL is in need of books for both outreach events and our end-of-year giveaway for our Reading Buddy students. However, our storage space is limited. Please contact Mary Flannigan via or by calling 210-299-1533 x 103 to see if we are currently accepting books.

Summer 2020 Info Coming Soon!!!

SAYL’s Camp Read Aloud

Camp Read AloudLooking for some summer fun? Join San Antonio Youth Literacy’s Camp Read-Aloud and help the SAYL Staff create a fun adventure each week with an exciting read-aloud book and follow-up activities! You will be helping 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students improve their literacy skills by reading and playing educational games together! Staff will guide you on how to prepare and stimulate the children in each activity. Come join the fun and help kids continue to read over the summer!

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Must be at least 15 years of age
  • Must be comfortable working directly with elementary age students
  • Can volunteer for just one shift or for all 6 weeks


View and Sign-up for a Camp Read Aloud Volunteer Shift here.

Summer Office Volunteers & Interns

Summer Office VolunteersLooking to volunteer this summer? SAYL is seeking summer office volunteers and interns to help staff prepare for next year’s Reading Buddy Program. Volunteers would help staff organize and inventory books and activities in the SAYL trunks. In this casual and friendly, summer environment you will be able to make suggestions on how we can improve the quality of the materials for next year. You will also have the opportunity to assist in the planning and coordination of our summer programs. Come join the SAYL team this summer!

Office opportunities are available Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm. To volunteer in the office contact

Project Transformation Summer Program

Project TransformationThis summer, SAYL is partnering with Project Transformation to decrease “Summer Slide” among youth.

Project Transformation Rio Texas, a ministry of the Rio Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, is beginning its fourth summer of programming in the greater San Antonio area, and we need your help! Project Transformation’s mission is to engage young adults in purposeful leadership and ministry, support underserved children and families, and connect churches to communities in need. To accomplish our mission, this summer college aged interns will live in community in San Antonio, and will plan and lead a summer enrichment day camp for underserved children at two church sites in San Antonio and Boerne. Project Transformation interns provide high-quality, structured summer day camp programs that focus on developing the mind, body and spirit of our participants. Interns in turn build leadership skills by serving as positive role models for the participants. For more information, please visit the Project Transformation website.

Project Transformation needs volunteers for each week at each site church to read with our elementary-aged participants for two hours each day. Volunteers serve volunteer Monday-Thursday from June 17 to July 31, from 10 am to 12 pm. Volunteers can commit to one day each week, one whole week, one day out of the summer, or anything in between! Project Transformation’s goal is for each child to read with one adult, every day.

To sign up as a Project Transformation summer reading buddy, please click here.

Questions? Contact Kaci Boylan, Program Director, at or  (210) 408-4528.

Project Transformation Site for Summer 2019:

Laurel Heights UMC

Northern Hills Church Ministry Center

St. Paul UMC

Storytime & Event Opportunities

Click here for  a full list of storytime and event volunteer opportunities! 

SA Book Festival 

Volunteers are needed to help with our booth at the SA book Festival. Volunteers will be working with our staff to help facilitate an arts and crafts activity based on the book Owen by Kevin Henkes.

Stortytime at Castle Hills Fiesta

Storytime Volunteers make share to children in whole and small group settings. Volunteers help make books come alive and provide engaging interactions around books.

Office Volunteers

VolunteerOffice Volunteers will help support SAYL staff with preparing training materials, creating program activities, and other administrative duties. Office assistants are needed between the hours of 9am-5pm. Volunteers have the opportunity to schedule their own hours during this time frame.

To be a SAYL Office volunteer please contact Kirk Fallin, or call 210-299-1533 x105.

Internships with SAYL

volunteerSAYL is seeking an intern who will be responsible for supporting the Program Department and the Director of Volunteers and Community Partnerships in the implementation of the SAYL Reading Buddy program. While this position is un-paid, SAYL will reimburse for job related mileage and other expenses. This position will offer the intern a chance to boost their resume while gaining valuable, hands-on experience in the non-profit sector in program management, volunteer training, and in the field of primary education. Primary duties include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Assist with program implementation and volunteer processing
  • Assist with management of program sites, including maintaining program materials and books
  • Assist with writing of monthly E-newsletters, and quarterly Newsletters
  • Maintain SAYL library inventory
  • Help coordinate special events and projects
  • Some researching of grant opportunities available
  • General support of full-time staff as needed
  • Opportunity to serve as a SAYL Reading Buddy

Interested candidates should contact Kirk Fallin, or call 210-299-1533 x105 to apply.