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Do you have at least an hour a week to help make a lifelong impact on a child who struggles with reading? We are looking for volunteers. Sign up now.

51 harnesses the power of community volunteers to make a meaningful and measurable difference in reading proficiency. Our one-on-one tutoring model is backed by evidence-based research proven to raise the reading proficiency of students who are at least six months below grade level in reading. Our volunteer reading partners empower students to succeed in reading and in life by providing individualized, personal attention to each student in our program.

According to 2014 statistics from the Minnesota Department of Education, fewer than four in 10 St. Paul  and Minneapolis third-graders are meeting key benchmarks for success in reading and reading comprehension. 51 is partnering with the Minneapolis and St. Paul school districts, as well as other local organizations to help ensure more students are obtaining grade-level reading skills.

An independent randomized control trial, considered the gold standard of research, found the 51 program to have statistically significant impacts on student reading proficiency, including reading fluency, comprehension, and sight-word reading. It also found the program to be effective for a wide variety of students from different grades and baseline reading achievement levels, for male and female students, non-native English speakers and students of different ethnicities.  In addition, researchers found the 51 program to be implemented with fidelity and more affordable for schools to implement than other typical reading intervention.

Facing a school year of uncertainty due to COVID-19 in 2020-21, 51 collaborated with teachers and school leaders to meet students’ learning needs, including creating an innovative online tutoring program that can be used to support students when in-person tutoring is not an option. 51 will also continue to invest in family engagement programs and race equity, diversity, and inclusion training for volunteers, staff, and AmeriCorps members to ensure that we are thoroughly supporting students and communities as we emerge from the pandemic and well into the future.

By The Numbers

  91% of K-2 51 students met or exceeded their primary literacy growth goal (2022-23)
9 Partner schools and other community-based locations (2021-22)  
9,638 Total tutoring sessions (2022-23)
327 Students with 12+ sessions (2022-23)
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