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We’re Hiring!

  SAYL is hiring a full-time Program Manager. Interested candidates should email their cover letter and resume to deborah.valdez@sayl.org. Position open until filled.     Program Manager Job Description Salary Range: $28,000-$32,000 Full time exempt status, direct report to Executive Director Position Summary: Under the direction of the Executive Director, incumbent will plan, direct and coordinate the daily operations of the SAYL 2nd Grade

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School Spotlight – April 2018

This month SAYL would like to recognize Arnold Elementary for our School Spotlight! Our Site Director and point of contact at Arnold is the wonderful Ms. Katanna Larralde-Sanchez. Ms. Larralde-Sanchez, who serves as the school’s Parent Family Liaison, has helped facilitate the program on campus for several years, and always works to make the Reading Buddies feel welcome and supported on campus. Her office is

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Harvey Najim- A Hero for Children

San Antonio Youth Literacy would like to thank Mr. Harvey Najim for challenging our donors to a $5,000.00 match funding during the 2018 Big Give SA that was held March 22. Thanks to his generosity and motivation we were able to meet and exceed our goal of $15,000.00 this year. Moreover, as many nonprofits in San Antonio know, Harvey isn’t just a once a year kind’a

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Volunteer Spotlight – April 2018

This month we would like to honor Jessica Nelson and Leslie Chasnoff as our Reading Buddies of the Month! Jessica and Leslie have been wonderful Reading Buddies and mentors this school year at Bowden Elementary in SAISD. This is Jessica’s forth year as a Reading Buddy and Leslie’s second year volunteering with SAYL. The two learned about the program through our partnership with the

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Reading Buddy Tip – Keeping them Focused

One of the most common inquiries we get from volunteers is: how can I help my student focus better? Whether students are dealing with diagnosed attention deficit disorder, or simply have a lot of energy and trouble directing it to the task of reading, it can be challenging to help kids find ways to focus. Check out these tips on how to help your

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Book Buddy News – April 2018

Volunteers have been very busy at Book Buddies headquarters in March. We’ve been sorting and boxing those 22 huge Gaylord cartons of books to get them ready in time for the big giveaways at the schools in May. It’s a big job, but Book Buddies volunteers are the best. In the last month alone they’ve logged at least 196 hours of volunteer work! Some

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Be A SAYL Champion!

SAYL needs your help! We are dedicated to the children of San Antonio in their journey to become life-long readers. However, we need your support to provide our services to the hundreds of students who currently do not receive the benefit of our program do to the lack of funding. On Thursday, March 22, SAYL is participating in the Big Give. We invite you

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Tips to Learning New Sight Words

Sight words are those high frequency words that readers learn to recognize automatically over time. It’s important for emerging readers to develop their sight word vocabulary because they will be able to read more fluently, and they will be able to use those known words to help figure out new words they encounter. Many sight words have to be memorized because they are not

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