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.
The first step to becoming a Reading Buddy is to complete the Reading Buddy Application. In the application you will select a date for one time, 90-minute training session. After the training an SAYL staff will match you with a school that corresponds with your availability and area of town. At the training you will be asked to complete a criminal background check for the district you are assigned. Once the background check has cleared, the SAYL staff will contact you to schedule your first tutoring session.
If you are already registered for a training and need to reschedule or change your training session please contact Kirk Fallin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 210-299-1533 x 105.
Are you a returning Reading Buddy? No need to reapply! If you have served as a Reading Buddy volunteer within the past 9 years you do not need to complete a new application. Please contact our Volunteer Manager Kirk Fallin at email@example.com or call 210-299-1533 x 105 to get started again.
Upcoming Volunteer Trainings:
Thursday, January 23, 2020 – 11:30AM – 1:00PM – SAYL Bldg. 3
Saturday, January 25, 2020 – 9:30AM – 11:00AM – Cafe College
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 – 5:30PM – 7:00PM – SAYL Bldg. 3
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 – 5:30PM – 7:00pm – SAYL Bldg. 3
Thursday, February 13, 2020 – 5:30PM-7:00PM – SAYL Bldg. 3
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 – 11:30AM-1:00PM – SAYL Bldg. 3
Saturday, February 22, 2020 – 9:30AM-11:00AM – Cafe College
Monday, February 25, 2020 – 5:30PM-7:00PM – SAYL Bldg. 3 ***Last training for the 2019-2020 School Year***
SAYL 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 210-299-1533 x 103 to see if we are currently accepting books.
Types of books we need:
- New and gently used books
- Age range from Pre-k to 5th grade with a big focus on books for 2nd and 3rd grade students
- Bilingual books that have both English and Spanish
Types of books we cannot accept:
- Religious books
- Activity books
- Spanish only books
Other places to donate books:
SAYL’s Camp Read Aloud
Looking 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!
- 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
- Cassiano Center – June 12 through July 24, 10:15-11:30am
- Catholic Charities’ Guadalupe Center – June 18 through July 23, 9:45-11am
Summer Office Volunteers & Interns
Looking 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 email@example.com.
Project Transformation Summer Program
This 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (210) 408-4528.
Project Transformation Site for Summer 2019:
Laurel Heights UMC
Northern Hills Church Ministry Center
St. Paul UMC
Office 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, email@example.com or call 210-299-1533 x105.
SAYL 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 210-299-1533 x105 to apply.