Frequently Asked Questions

What is KOREH L.A.’s mission?

To support children’s literacy through a variety of volunteer-based and corporate-sponsored programs to ensure that all the children of Los Angeles can read – and succeed.

Do I have to be Jewish to volunteer?

No. KOREH L.A. is non-sectarian.

How does the program work?

KOREH L.A. trains volunteer reading partners to work with LAUSD Pre- K-5th grade students to help enhance their reading skills and foster a love of reading. Volunteers work one-on one with children identified by their teachers as reluctant readers for one hour per week.

How can I volunteer?

All participants must attend one three-hour training session before they can begin volunteering. KOREH L.A. staff will then work to match you with a student according to your schedule and location preferences.

What does the training consist of?

Training sessions include an overview on different learning and reading styles and the basic components of literacy.  The session also covers practical issues such as how to choose books, tips on working with children, getting started on the first day and literacy games.  Training sessions are led by Miryam Jannol, the President and Owner of Workplace Literacy Associates.

What is the time commitment after I have been trained?

One hour per week for the remainder of the school year.

Do I work with the same child every week?

Yes. Volunteers work one-on-one with the same student every week.

How old do I have to be to volunteer for KOREH L.A.?

Volunteers must be at least 12 years old or in the 7th grade.

Where does the volunteering take place?

All volunteering takes place at KOREH L.A. partner school sites. Please visit our map to find a school that needs volunteers.

Can I receive community service credit through volunteering with KOREH L.A?

Yes. Please call the KOREH L.A. office at (323) 761-8153 to discuss this with a staff member.

Can I volunteer with a friend?

Most likely, if you both request to volunteer at the same place and time. You will each be assigned your own student.

If I am a returning volunteer, do I need to attend another training session?

No, but you are welcome to attend a training as a refresher course at any time. However, if it has been at least three years since you last volunteered it is mandatory to attend a training session before you begin.

Where should I go on my first day of volunteering?

Please check in at the school’s main office. Tell them the name of the student you are meeting with and his or her room number (which you will receive in advance) and a staff member will direct you where to go.

Where will I be working with the student?

This varies from school to school, but typically it is in the library, a vacant classroom, or benches outside.

Who is my contact person at KOREH L.A. throughout the school year?

Your primary contact at KOREH L.A. will be an AmeriCorps fellow who is performing a year of service. After your training session, the AmeriCorps fellow who oversees your school will contact you and remain your liaison for the remainder of the academic year.

Who is my contact person at the school where I volunteer?

Your primary contact at KOREH L.A. will be your AmeriCorps Literacy Coordinator. On your information
sheet in your match packet, you will find the name and contact information for your on-site liaison at
the school.

Can I donate books to KOREH L.A.?

KOREH L.A. gladly accepts new or like-new book donations to distribute to children in need. If your books show more visible signs of love and experience, we will refer you to an appropriate donation center. Contact us for more information about how to organize a book drive on behalf of KOREH L.A.!

What other activities/events does KOREH L.A. hold throughout the school year?

KOREH L.A. hosts several yearly events including enrichment seminars for volunteers, a bookmark decorating competition for students, a holiday book wrapping event, and a yearly volunteer appreciation.

Is KOREH L.A. on Facebook or Twitter?

Yes! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay informed of top national and local education news stories as well as important KOREH L.A. and Jewish Federation announcements. You will also receive children’s book recommendations and connect with the KOREH community, joining the conversation on literacy in Los Angeles.

More Questions?

Contact us via one of the following methods:

Email: Send us a message.

6505 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 900
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Phone: (323) 761-8153

Fax: (323) 606-8144

Business Hours: 8:30AM – 5:30PM M-Th; 8:30AM – 3:30PM F