Coram Beanstalk recruits and trains volunteers to work one-to-one with children who have fallen behind in their reading. Their programme, Reading Leaders, trains older students to read with younger students within the same educational setting. This is an excellent example of youth social action as the older students are supporting the younger students to improve on existing, vital skills. It is also an excellent opportunity for the older students to showcase their initiative and leadership skills. Reading Leaders is a great addition to qualifications or awards, such as the Duke of Edinburgh.
Coram Beanstalk originally pledged to the #iwill campaign in November 2016. In 2018 they pledged to:
- Help 7000 young students improve their reading skills through the Reading Leaders programme. Since September 2018 we have trained and supported almost 1000 students to become Reading Leaders who have supported younger students in their school.
Their CEO, Ginny Lunn said:
“At Beanstalk we know that literacy problems extend beyond primary school and into secondary school. Our peer-to-peer programme, Reading Leaders, partners younger students who need support in their reading skills with older students who are well-trained, positive role models. It’s very much a win-win situation; the younger pupils benefit from enhanced reading skills while the older students benefit from a leadership programme that they can use to enrich their own educational experiences whilst demonstrating youth social action.”