Our Program

Tutoring Program

Start the Adventure in Reading

Founded in 1985, STAIR provides volunteers that tutor and mentor public school students who are in danger of failing reading at no cost to their families. STAIR's overall mission is to improve the reading skills and self-esteem of lower elementary school students. The organization was incorporated as a nonprofit in 1991. Our program goals have remained the same since our founding:

  • increase the reading level of "skill deficient" students who participate in the program;
  • increase each participant's sense of self-worth and self-esteem by providing a program which expands each student's knowledge of self and the greater world of reading;
  • provide a caring environment which will promote a greater and more meaningful
  • dialogue among multi-ethnic volunteers, students, teachers, and parents; and
  • provide our services at no cost to families for the duration of the school year.

STAIR’s curriculum includes reading, vocabulary, phonics, comprehension, fluency and literacy games components. This school year, STAIR will operate 257 tutoring sites with the goal of serving approximately 220 public elementary school students from 43+ schools in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, and Tangipahoa Parishes. Each tutoring site is staffed with a paid and trained site manager and trained volunteer tutors. We anticipate more than 350 volunteers who will teach reading and support our program. A volunteer coordinator recruits and trains all volunteer tutors.

STAIR provides all students with basic school supplies, new books, dictionaries, and healthy snacks.

All staff and volunteers must complete a background check.