STAIR: Start the Adventure in Reading

STAIR is a reading program for public school second graders who are reading below grade level. Volunteer tutors work with students one-on-one using a professional reading curriculum. Our mission is to improve the reading skills and self-esteem of elementary school students. STAIR has been active in the New Orleans area for over 30 years.


Loyola service learning students will be trained as reading tutors and assigned to work 1-on-1 with a child in the STAIR program. Service learners will work with the same child each time and the bond that develops between them will help foster the learning process.

*Students serving at STAIR must sign up for and agree to attend their regulary scheduled shift through the last day of classes. Ideally, students serving in the fall semester can attend the Christmas party (first or second week in Dec) and those serving in the spring can attend the Granduation Ceremony (first or second week in May). Therefore, students must be willing to serve more hours than most service learning courses require.


A student will learn about the New Orleans public school system and the emotional and intellectual development of younger elementary school children.


elementary schoolers • children with low literacy


  1. All students serving at STAIR must attend one of two MANDATORY trainings at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1545 State Street, New Orleans, LA. Please inform Ms. Byars, ahead of time, which training you are planning to attend. 

    Wednesday, Sept. 7, 4:30-7pm
    Thursday, Sept. 8, 4:30-7pm

  2. Pass a background check.

Gwen Byars
Volunteer Director