Teen Literacy Corps (TLC)

Creating Readers and Leaders

The Teen Literacy Corps (TLC) was created in 2004 as a way for KOREH L.A. to expand its mission of helping the children of Los Angeles to read and succeed. Since then, TLC has trained more than 7,000 teens and reached more than 8,000 elementary students in Los Angeles County. TLC empowers teens to inspire a love of reading in neighboring elementary students through peer-to-peer mentorship, fostering new generations of leaders and readers.

How TLC Works


Public and private middle and high school classrooms are paired with nearby elementary school classrooms in the county.


TLC trains teens with literacy strategies and skills that make reading fun for their elementary reading buddies.


For 30-60 minutes each week, the students meet one-on-one for reading and related activities.


TLC staff provides ongoing support, such as reading session observations, enrichment workshops, leadership resources, and much more!

Sherman Oaks Elementary Charter


“The high school kids grew and became more confident and tried new ways to engage the kids and the kids then responded and became more confident.”

Milken Community High School


“[My elementary reading buddy] seems excited to learn every time I see her and that’s what makes me keep coming back.”

Rockdale Visual and Performing Arts Magnet


“My students felt a strong connection with their tutors and looked forward to their sessions.”

Sylmar High School


“I chose to do TLC because I want to help the community and encourage kids to never give up.”

Who We Serve

Sherman Oaks Elementary School and Milken Community High School

Partners since: 2005
Number of active volunteers: 31

Utah Street Elementary and Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez High School

Partners since: 2011
Number of active volunteers: 208

Selma Avenue Elementary and Hollywood High School

Partners since: 2013
Number of active volunteers: 48

Brockton Elementary and University High School

Partners since: 2007

Richland Avenue Elementary

Partners since: 2008
Number of active volunteers: 15

Gratts Learning Academy for Young Scholars and Contreras Learning Complex-School of Social Justice

Partners since: 2015
Number of active volunteers: 31

Foshay Learning Center

Partners since: 2011
Number of active volunteers: 98

First Street Elementary (L.A.’s Best) and Roosevelt High School (Upward Bound)

Partners since: 2011

Sylmar Elementary and Sylmar High School

Partners since: 2015
Number of active volunteers: 25

Weigand Avenue Elementary and David Starr Jordan High School

Partners since: 2015
Number of active volunteers: 106

Thurgood Marshall Elementary and Cesar Chavez Middle School

Partners since: 2015
Number of active volunteers: 147

Lugo Elementary and Lynwood High School

Partners since: 2015
Number of active volunteers: 8

Will Rogers Elementary and Marco Antonio Firebaugh High School

Partners since: 2015
Number of active volunteers: 26

Halldale Avenue Elementary and West Torrance High School

Partners since: 2015
Number of active volunteers: 6

Big Buddies of Reading: L.A. Teens of the Teen Literacy Corps (TLC)

Learn more about the program, and its transformative impact on both teens and elementary students of Los Angeles.

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Catching Great Readers and Leaders: The Grand Slam Reading Log

Take a look inside the Grand Slam Reading Log, a resource for our TLC teens to use in their reading sessions through KOREH L.A.’s partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation.

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KOREH L.A. is proud to partner with the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation for the Teen Literacy Corps program.

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