Take Action

Want to make a difference in the future of Utah education?

Here are some ways you can get involved:

School Volunteer Programs/ Organizations

Read Today

Read Today is Utah’s literacy initiative on a mission to raise reading proficiency scores among our children. Read Today is a high impact literacy program that pairs volunteer tutors and struggling readers in Utah elementary schools.

Utah schools need more volunteers to get students reading on grade level. Recently, Gov. Gary R. Herbert called for 5,500 volunteers to work in support of the goals of meeting reading proficiency goals. Read Today collaborates with Americorps, UServe and the United Way. On-site coordinators recruit, train and supervise school volunteers. These coordinators track volunteer hours and provide quarterly reports on student progress.

Get information on how to participate in this highly successful program by visiting: readtoday.com

Road to Success

Road to Success is a rewards and recognition program promoting reading proficiency in elementary schools. The Road to Success program developed in collaboration with the Governor’s Commission on Literacy.

The program has over 240 participating elementary schools, with approximately 165,000 students and 11,000 faculty and staff. It provides a framework with tools for educators to help students, and incentives to motivate students to read every day. For more information go to: RTSUtah.com

Keys for Success

Keys to Success is a high school rewards and recognition program promoting academic improvement to increase graduation rates and encourage post-secondary enrollment. The goal of Keys to Success is to motivate, recognize and reward students.

Keys to Success has partnered with multiple universities, post-secondary educational institutions, and business sponsors to provide students with many scholarship opportunities. Over the past 10 years, the Keys to Success program has offered over 600 scholarships to Utah students, with a total value of well over half a million dollars. For more information go to: KTSUtah.com

Utah Scholars

Utah Scholars works with business and community leaders to put volunteers in public junior high and middle school classrooms to talk about the importance of a college education. Volunteers receive training then spend one or two days in schools giving three to seven 45-minute presentations in classrooms. Schools with low-income, minority, or first-generation students are targeted. In the 2012-13 school year, our volunteers gave nearly 800 presentations to more than 25,000 students.

Businesses also have opportunities to provide financial incentives and motivators, and to sponsor student recognition or outreach events. For more information, visit: utahscholars.org/volunteers.

STEM Action Center

The business community has rallied around STEM education and expanding opportunities for young people. The STEM Action Center is a collaboration of public education, higher education, government and the private sector. Its purpose is to build the state’s STEM economic sector, improve STEM education and strengthen the STEM network across the state.

The 2014 Utah Legislature provided funds for the STEM Action Center to:
• extend Math Digital Learning to K-6,
• provide high quality training and STEM endorsements for educators,
• revamp CTE in secondary schools, and
• connect students to STEM curriculum, vocational certificates and STEM jobs.

With more than 800,000 students in our public and higher education institutions, elevated performance in STEM fields is critical to our children’s future success in their professional careers. Get involved, visit: stem.utah.gov

Junior Achievement of Utah

Junior Achievement (JA) is school-to-career program that reaches students in grades k-12 with three approaches:

  1. In-class programs
  2. JA City, an experiential learning site
  3. The City Career Exploration Center in JA City. During the last school year, JA reached over 74,500 Utah students

In-class program volunteers transform the key concepts of lessons into a message that inspires and empowers students to believe in themselves, showing them they can make a difference in the world. Additionally, JA has a variety of JA City events, job shadows, and sponsorship opportunities for businesses. Inspire our future workforce by supporting JA, visit: ja-utah.org.

Art Works for Kids

The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program strives to enrich a student’s education while also increasing competency and performance in every subject through the integration of arts-based learning into the core subjects.

The main tenant of this model is side-by-side arts instruction, where a teaching artist specialized in one of four art forms – dance, music, theater or visual arts – works alongside the classroom teacher to create an arts-focused lesson plan. This collaboration ensures that students develop competency in the art form while simultaneously learning other subjects. For more information: http://www.artworksforkids.org/

UTAH PTA

Utah PTA is a non-profit grassroots child advocacy association made up of parents, teachers, and students. Utah PTA is an affiliate of National PTA and is organized in Utah at local, council, and state levels. Become a member at your local school or become a member of the state level organization at: www.utahpta.org.