Team Read

Last year Hope partnered with Team Read and Shelby County Schools to help the third-grade literacy rate here in Memphis. We did this because of the horrifying statistic that if a child is not up to reading level by grade three, 75% will never catch up, which can increase the risk for unemployment, poverty, and incarceration rates. Nearly 70% of all second graders in our lowest performing schools cannot read at a third grade reading level. We take this very seriously, which is why Hope has made the Team Read initiative a priority.

During the 2015-2016 school year, we saw our students excel in big ways and developed meaningful relationships with the students and the schools. Below is our Team Read progress from the 2015-2016 school year:

  • South Park Elementary - 203% increase.
  • Carnes Elementary - 161% increase.
  • Hawkins Mill Elementary - 200% increase.

New Volunteer Recruitment

We are currently seeking new volunteers to partner with us for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year. No prior experience is required for you to join us.

What does Team Read look like?

  • one hour a week (two kids for 30 minutes each)
  • shift times are between 9:00 am and 2:30 pm, Monday-Friday
  • teaching basic site words to second-grade students
  • requires a willing and encouraging spirit

Important Information for New Volunteers!

The Shelby County School Department of Education REQUIRES all new volunteers MUST attend a training session with the School Board, submit a background check and get fingerprinted. Training dates are listed below where you will choose ONE to attend. Here is some important information:


  • Please contact Megan Broadstreet via email if you plan on joining us Tuesday night. Preregistration is not required, however, your email confirmation will help us be prepared for all of our guests. 


  • Please fill out this form to let the school board know you will be in attendance.
  • It will ask which school you prefer. Our schools this year as of now are South Park, Carnes, and Hawkins Mill. This does NOT guarantee a slot at this school, this is to gauge numbers.
  • If you plan on attending training at a location other than Hope, please fill out the form. If you plan on joining us in the South Hall, it will be helpful if you still filled it out, but more importantly just show up.

Training Dates

Date Time Location
Monday, July 18 4:00-6:00 pm Barnes Auditorium
Thursday, July 28 4:00-6:00 pm Barnes Auditorium
Tuesday, August 23 9:00-11:00 am Bellevue Baptist Church
Tuesday, August 23 6:00-8:00 pm Hope Church – South Hall
Saturday, August 27 10:00-12:00 pm Hope Church – South Hall
Tuesday, August 30 4:00-6:00 pm Teaching and Learning Academy (TLA)
Thursday, September 1 9:00-11:00 am Teaching and Learning Academy (TLA)
Wednesday, September 7 1:00-3:00 pm Teaching and Learning Academy (TLA)
Wednesday, September 14 6:30-7:45 pm Bellevue Baptist Church
Wednesday, September 21 10-11:30 am Bellevue Baptist Church

Important Information For Returning Volunteers!

All returning volunteers are required to attend a reorientation for the 2016-2017 school year, but are NOT required to be re fingerprinted. You have the option of choosing which school you prefer to serve in this year, and registration for your school will be made available in September. Please choose ONE of the following reorientation dates to attend.

  • September 8th at 6:30 pm (South Hall)
  • September 18th at 11:15 am (South Hall)

Please click here to let us know which reorientation you will be attending.

All Volunteers!

Please pray with us as we consider adopting another school for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year. The purpose of the interest link below is to help us gauge the level of interest and to see if we will have the capacity to serve even more students in our city. Please pray for all whom may be considering joining or rejoining the Team Read family this year.

We are extremely excited about this upcoming school year and continuing to watch God move in big ways throughout our city.

For questions please email