How SMART is Organized
SMART is overwhelmingly a volunteer-driven organization, with a small team of staff members who help organize the work.
SMART serves over 10,000 PreK through third-grade children each year, all across Oregon. Teachers select children they feel will most benefit from the SMART program. For example, they may select:
- Students who would benefit from one-on-one reading time
- Students who would benefit from opportunities to increase enjoyment of reading
- Students who would benefit from selecting their own books to take home and keep
- Students who are not being served in other programs
5,000 volunteer Readers are at the heart of SMART’s success each year. Volunteer Readers commit to read with children for just one hour per week.
With 350 Site Coordinators across Oregon, each SMART site depends on one or a team of these dedicated volunteers to implement and oversee the program. Just like Readers, Site Coordinators are volunteers, not paid staff. The Site Coordinator works with school personnel, SMART program staff, and volunteer Readers, and will be your first line of support whenever you have questions.
Program Managers are employees of SMART, and are responsible for implementation of the SMART program in a specific region of the state. Program Managers provide support to Site Coordinators at all of the sites in their region.
SMART also employs a small number of additional staff at our main office. These staff support SMART in a variety of ways, including program development, communications, and administrative support.