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Share your love of reading with a child

Would you be willing to spend some time each week doing something fun and fulfilling - especially if you knew it could change a child’s life forever?

Indianapolis tutor and studentIf your answer is “yes,” please consider being a tutor, mentor and friend for a child who needs help developing reading and language skills.

Through the OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring program, volunteers, your neighborhood schools and OASIS work together to help children build reading skills, self-esteem and positive attitudes toward learning. Training and materials are provided; no teaching experience is needed.

Since 1991 Indianapolis OASIS has matched volunteers 50 and better with students in grades K – 4 who need help developing reading and language skills. Volunteers work one-on-one with the same child during the school year. Nearly 500 OASIS volunteers work with nearly 600 at-risk children in 93 elementary schools in the following school districts in the greater Indianapolis area.

Indianapolis 2014  Fall Training Dates:

  • Brownsburg Community Schools
    August 4 & 5 from 9 to 11 am
  • Greenwood Community Schools
    October 1, 2, and 3 from 9 to noon
  • Hamilton Southeastern Schools
    September 9 from 10 am to noon
  • Indianapolis Public Schools
    July 30 and 31 from 9:30 am to noon
  • Lawrence Township Schools
    September 9 & 10 from 9:30 to 11:30 am
  • Pike Township Schools
    September 9, 10 and 11 from 9 am to 12:15 pm
  • Warren Township Schools
    July 29 and 30 from 9:30 am to 2 pm
  • Washington Township Schools
    September 9, 10 & 11 from 1 to 4 pm
  • Wayne Township Schools
    August 12, 13 & 14 from 8:30 am to noon

If you would like to register to attend tutor trainings or if you have questions, please email Rita Covely, Indianapolis Tutoring Coordinator at, or call 317-396-3751. If you are a new tutor, you must attend all training dates in the school district you select.


From the sidelines

Doris Gostling, OASIS mentor is loving her role as a tutor

This is Doris Gostling’s sixth year in OASIS, and she says that she is loving it more and more. 
Her first year in OASIS was a little rocky as she was diagnosed with breast cancer soon after she went through the OASIS training. After her surgery and chemotherapy, she came back to OASIS and has been helping Maplewood Elementary students in Wayne Township ever since. Every year she works with multiple students. This year she has four students, but she says that she thinks she could even do more. “I get as much or more out of the mentoring as the students do,” she says eagerly. “These children do not get good books and stories read to them, and I love to do it!” she states.

Doris gladly shares her love of books and nature with the students. She even brings in some of her own books about birds and other woodland creatures. Her passion for these books is contagious to her students. Doris’s gentle, easy spirit makes it easy for the children to feel comfortable with her, and even the shy ones soon begin to talk to her about the books. 

Wayne Township feels very fortunate to have Doris and other passionate adults who are willing to share their gift of time with students who need a caring adult. Doris is very appreciated at Maplewood Elementary School.