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WakeTogether Launch

Interrupted learning from the pandemic has left a significant impact on our school-age children. Community leaders agree - the only solution is to work together.

In 2022, the Wake County Public School System announced the official kickoff of WakeTogether - an initiative to recruit volunteers and train them to tutor students in grades 2 - 5 in reading. The YMCA of the Triangle is the lead partner in this effort.


Volunteers are needed to help tutor students in reading. Wake County schools are participating, and you can find a list of schools here.  Tutors will be trained in using HELPS, Helping Early Literacy with Practice Strategies. 

Volunteer interest meetings are held via Zoom. These meetings are the first step for anyone who is interested in volunteering. 

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Helping Early Literacy with Practice Strategies (HELPS) is an evidence-based program that aims to strengthen students’ reading fluency through one-on-one tutoring and small-group instruction. Many WCPSS elementary schools have used the evidence-based HELPS program for fluency since early 2021. 

Other organizations committed to this effort include WAKE Up and Read Campaign for Grade Level Reading partners, Read and Feed, Communities In Schools of Wake County, the Daniel Center, Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake County, WakeEd Partnership and the City of Raleigh.

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