The Greater Boston Jewish Coalition for Literacy (GBJCL) mobilizes the Jewish community to help elementary school children discover the joy of reading. Through partnerships with synagogues, Jewish community organizations, day schools and local businesses, GBJCL engages volunteers in school based one-to-one reading tutoring, book drives and advocacy efforts in under-served communities.
Our school partners are located in Boston, Brockton, Cambridge, Framingham, Maynard, and Somerville. GBJCL also collaborates with community partners throughout Greater Boston including Cambridge School Volunteers and the BPS office of Community Engagement, the 3rd Grade Literacy Initiative, and the Boston Opportunity Agenda.
GBJCL volunteers join literacy teams from synagogues, Jewish organizations, and local businesses. Participants include “empty nesters,” working professionals, at-home parents, retirees, and teens.
Opportunities to participate include:
• Tutoring an elementary grade student for one hour a week.
• Donating books or organizing a book drive to benefit a classroom,
school, or community center library.
• Forming and leading a new literacy team through a synagogue,
Jewish organization, or business.
• Supporting GBJCL through a donation.
• Special for teens: Join a TELEM literacy track through your synagogue or JCC.
The GBJCL provides professional training and resources to enable program participants to provide the most effective support to the students and schools they serve. GBJCL accepts applicants throughout the year to participate as volunteers in our tutoring program. To share your time and talents supporting students in your area, click here to fill out a volunteer application.