R.E.A.A.D.Y. offers support to students as schools transition to remote learning

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As more area schools shift to online learning due to an increase in COVID-19 numbers, the REAADY Foundation’s Open-Door Mentor Program is available to help the growing number of students who are learning remotely at home. In addition, the foundation is accepting applications for mentors to the program. 

The Open-Door program connects qualified, displaced and retired teachers or qualified educational instructors with students who are learning remotely at home due to COVID-19. Following CDC guidelines, teachers offer one-on-one guidance to supplement students’ online sessions, assisting them with comprehending their classwork and navigating their online courses in the safety of their own homes. 

As increasing numbers of schools continue to transition to online instruction, many parents are once again faced with either giving up their jobs, or working from home while also trying to help their child(ren) participate and understand their online classes for up to six hours a day. 

The REAADY Foundation assists families by customizing a program to meet their unique needs. The foundation provides quality instructors with all required state clearances who meet with middle or high school aged students 3 to 5 days a week for a period of at least 3 hours a day. 

Ken Nickel, founder of the REAADY Foundation says he remains committed to helping schools during this challenging time. “This program is a triple win: a win for the students who are empowered to succeed, a win for school districts where education is enhanced through the use of blended learning, and a win for parents who have time to focus on their financial responsibility at a critical time.”  

An integral part of the REAADY Foundation’s mission is to ensure that all children have equal access to a quality learning experience, particularly those whose families have been financially impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To sponsor a student in need, or to serve as a corporate sponsor, please visit https://reaadyfoundation.org/open-door-mentor-program.

For more information , visit reaadyfoundation.org and you will receive a personal response from a foundation board member. Interested parents or students, may complete an online application and waiver by visiting the Interested Parents & Students section of  https://reaadyfoundation.org/open-door-mentor-program. To serve as a mentor with the Open-Door Mentor program, please complete an online application and waiver by visiting the How to be a Mentor section of  https://reaadyfoundation.org/open-door-mentor-program. Once applications are submitted, you will be contacted by a foundation board member. 

The Pittsburgh-based R.E.A.A.D.Y. Foundation’s mission includes helping students, giving back to the community, and partnering with local businesses to assist in our initiatives. During the current COVID-19 pandemic, the R.E.A.A.D.Y. Foundation is committed to helping all students, and recognizes that many children do not have equal access to technology and educational support for online learning in the home. The foundation continues to bridge this divide so that all students can have equal access and opportunities for a quality learning experience.