The Career Guidance Institute
The Career Guidance Institute (CGI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established by the Chamber in 1984 to support and carry out its education priorities. Over the years CGI has developed and partnered with various education programs for the community. Today, its sole program is Albuquerque Reads.
MISSION - Albuquerque Reads empowers kindergarten students to be literate, lifelong learners through a supportive community of tutors and mentors.
HISTORY - The Albuquerque Reads program was launched in 2003 under the guidance of Chamber President and CEO, Terri Cole and the late Lead Superintendent of Albuquerque Public Schools, Joseph M. Vigil. While based on a program called Ohio Reads, ABQ Reads was developed in and for Albuquerque kindergarten students by the design team composed of 30-year teacher, Sally Giannini, and Principal, Lynda Idle both from Bel-Air elementary. The program included a customized curriculum and overall structure that could then be easily implemented at any school. The program can be found in three elementary schools in Albuquerque: Atrisco, Bel-Air and Wherry.
ORGANIZATION - The program pairs kindergarten students with a volunteer tutor for thirty minutes tutoring sessions three times per week. Each tutoring session is divided into ten minute segments that cover reading, writing and skill development. This year-long relationship is vital to the steady growth seen in the students' literacy proficiency. The students are provided with a monthly take-home book and a Reading Goodie Pack given at December and at the end of the program year that contain a minimum of three additional books. Typically, the program serves 200 students with the help of 300+ volunteers.
How Can I Help?
The two primary ways a person or business can help is to one, donate finances or goods, and two, volunteer to be a tutor. Checks can be made payable to the Career Guidance Institute and would go towards the purchase of monthly and Reading Goodie Pack books and materials. Should you prefer to donate goods, a gift of kindergarten/first grade level books or school supply items (i.e. notebooks, workbooks, pencils, crayons) would help us reach our goal.
If you'd like to volunteer it is a simple two-step process:
1. Go to www.abqreads.com and register as a volunteer. You will need to go through a training with an ABQ Reads staff before working directly with the students.
2. Process a background check through APS at www.aps.edu/community/volunteer-with-aps. There is a $12 fee associated with the background check.
Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader!