Arise 2 Read

The statistics are alarming…

Hope partners with ARISE 2 Read and Shelby County Schools each school year to provide the Team Read program to 2nd grade students in an effort to improve literacy rates in Memphis. ARISE 2 Read trains volunteers to tutor students using the proven Team Read method. This approach teaches foundational words and provides the personalized reading support students need to read at grade level by 3rd grade.

Hope has made ARISE 2 Read a top priority because the statistics are alarming. 39% of the children in Memphis live in poverty and are, on average, three grade levels behind their more affluent peers in reading. 66% of the students not reading on grade level by the 4th grade will likely end up in jail or on welfare. However, research shows that children living in poverty who are reading on grade level by 3rd grade have an 89% graduation rate!  

What does arise 2 read look like?

  • 1 hour per week (2 kids for 30 minutes each)
  • Shifts take place between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm, Monday-Friday
  • Teaching basic sight words to second-grade students using the Team Read method.
  • No prior experience required - just a willing and encouraging spirit!

Who are our school partners this year?

  • Dexter Elementary
  • Hawkins Mill Elementary
  • South Park Elementary
  • Sharpe Elementary
  • Vollentine Elementary


We are currently seeking new and returning volunteers to partner with us for the upcoming school year. No prior experience is required for you to join us, but the Shelby County Department of Education does require all new volunteers to attend an ARISE 2 Read training session and submit to a background check and fingerprinting. All returning volunteers are required to attend an ARISE 2 Read training session and must complete the renewal process with Shelby County Schools each year. Registration for your choice of school, day and time will be made available in September of each school year.

If you are interested in volunteering with ARISE 2 Read, please email ARISE 2 Read Coordinator, Jennifer Bailey.