Role models and supportive adults are needed at each elementary school to serve as 321 Read Mentors.

Volunteers are matched to a struggling reader in 1st grade. They spend time reading together once a week during the school day. The volunteer follows the child through 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade. This is a great way to develop a caring, supportive relationship with a Clark County student and make a real impact in the life of a child.

Volunteers are always needed for 321 READ where community members are paired with first, second, and third grade students and spend time reading together one day a week. The volunteer also provides the student with the book read that week so that they can begin to build their home library.

Background checks and volunteer training are required. The time commitment is typically 1 hour weekly for most of the academic year (September-May).


Youth Link of Southern Indiana does not typically have one-time group service projects. However, we do have a variety of ways for corporations to be involved with our organization. The following list provides a few options. We welcome the opportunity to discuss how we can best partner for the benefit of our community, students, schools, and organizations.

  • Encourage your employees to become 321 Read volunteers. Corporations can be great partners in this program by allowing employees to have a flexible work schedule in order to volunteer during the school day to read with a struggling students.
  • Coordinate a donation drive. We welcome the donation of many items that can be used within our programming. Goods might include items to meet basic needs (e.g. clothing, coats, hygiene items, school supplies, etc.), books for 321 Read students, educational materials, or supplies for our afterschool programs. We encourage you to contact us to discuss the various program needs.
  • Provide speakers and activities for afterschool programs. Both 21st Century Community Learning Centers and the Extended Day Learning Program provide enrichment activities for our students in K-12 grades. Your employees can lead activities for our programs based on their skills and interests or your company’s expertise. Contact us to talk through possibly options.

Use our contact form to let us know you are interested in discussing volunteer opportunities.

“I give to YouthLink Southern Indiana because their mission lies directly with uplifting and educating our future generation on a local level. With programs like 321 Read, which pairs children with volunteers for weekly one-on-one reading sessions, YouthLink focuses on what kids in our community need the most, and they do it with a lot of heart. Please join me in supporting Youth Link Southern Indiana today by making a pledge.”

Christopher Hayes, 321 Read Volunteer

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