Eighth graders and above needed for summer program.

The Destin Library is looking for a few good young adults who have completed grade 8 or above for a summer time Reading Buddies Program during the months of June, July and August.

Reading Buddies is a literacy-based program that pairs readers from the first through fifth grades with young adult volunteers who earn community service hours for high school graduation requirements.

Young adults participating in the Reading Buddies program will meet once a week to read, build vocabulary skills and complete reading comprehension activities with their assigned elementary aged “buddy." As designed, the program will give children extra reading practice one-on-one during the summer with a teen mentor who will make reading a fun experience.

All Reading Buddies volunteers will receive training prior to the scheduling of children for the summer months. Outcomes for teen volunteers will be an enhancement of their responsibility, leadership and communication skills while simultaneously serving their community and making a difference in children’s lives.

Young adults interested in participating in the “Reading Buddies” Program this summer are to contact the Destin Library at 837-8572 for an application and program brochure.