Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Addressing low literacy achievement has raised questions about the quality of student helper preparedness in a reading assistance program. The Reading Buddies Project, a non-profit organization that serves a local elementary school, by providing them with student helpers to teach kids to read, is the focus of this project. Improving the Reading Buddies program will ensure that elementary students struggling to read at grade level are receiving quality tutoring sessions that can positively impact their reading skills and abilities. After interviewing a Fishbay Reads representative, the Reading Buddies Program coordinator, and a reading intervention teacher, three action options emerged as ways to better prepare tutors to support students learning to read. Based on an analysis of the data, an action was taken to better train the student helpers, so they can more effectively teach their elementary school buddies to read.