United Readers

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United Readers is a United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra program designed to improve foundational literacy skills through mentoring with a specially trained AmeriCorps member. United Readers officially launched in November 2020 and was developed in collaboration with the Washoe County School District. The program leverages trained AmeriCorps members to meet with students one-on-one and in small groups. Donate to support United Readers in our community! 

United Readers offers in-school mentorship working with students in kindergarten through third grade focusing on reading fluency skills and phonemic awareness, which is the ability to hear and manipulate sounds. AmeriCorps Literacy Mentors meet with students one-on-one and in small groups. Students are assessed before and after the program to track their progress and skill development. In the first year of the program, 72% of participating students improved phonemic awareness skills!

"[Students] have all skyrocketed in their self-esteem and confidence, and I believe that is primarily because of the work you are doing with them. Their teachers are so thankful. The phonics work you are doing is also transferring to their classroom as teachers are noticing improvements in their reading abilities. Thank you again and keep up the great work!" 

-  Mr.Holmes, Principal, Peavine Elementary School

In the 2021-2022 school year, United Readers will provide services in-person at Duncan Elementary, Dunn Elementary School, Silver Lake Elementary, Peavine Elementary, and Doral Academy.


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“The United Readers program could not have come at a better time. With students in distance learning, our kindergarten and first-grade student needs are targeted, and they will be receiving extra support from trained AmeriCorps members...I know this will make a huge difference in the growth of our students’ foundational skills.”

- Allison Fannin, Principal at Katherine Dunn Elementary

Serve as an AmeriCorps Member for United Readers!

In-School Reading Mentors Full Time + In-School Reading Mentors Half Time

Members will assist children in grades Kindergarten through third grade in Washoe County with literacy acquisition skills to improve reading and reading fluency. Using pre-determined curriculum and lesson plans, and in conjuction with the school's literacy initiatives, members will conduct lessons and activities with students during reading blocks and independent work time in person. United Readers supports UWNNS's focus on early childhood literacy and goal of improving third-grade reading scores in northern Nevada.

Term of Service: Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM on school days in classroom or office setting. Part-time service is also available within those days/hours. United Readers mentors will serve at UWNNS and an assigned Washoe County Elementary School. 

For more information and to apply, click HERE

If you have questions about serving with United Readers in the fall, please contact our Program Director, Krystal Hoefling at UnitedReaders@uwnns.org.

Empower the next student with literacy-building moments through a donation!

Click HERE to support United Readers with a donation!

Questions? Please contact Krystal Hoefling, AmeriCorps Program Director, at (775) 325-8907 or by email at UnitedReaders@uwnns.org.

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Thank you to the following corporate, foundation, and individual donors* who are making United Readers possible during the 2021-2022 school year!

Corporate and Foundation Donors

Nevada Volunteers

NV Energy Foundation

Bank of America

John Ben Snow Foundation

Susanne and Gloria Young Foundation

Dollar General


Individual Donors

Ann Silver, CEO, Reno + Sparks Chamber of Commerce

Christie Gescheider, Co-Owner, Moana Nursery

Stephanie Kruse, Founder, KPS3



*Donors listed have made a contribution of $1,000 or more.