How to Become a Coach


Every new volunteer will follow the steps below:

Step 1: Attend a Literacy Connects Information Session. Click here to sign up. At this time, interested in volunteers are allowed to complete Step 1 after they have attended Step 4.

Step 2: Complete a Literacy Connects Volunteer Application. 

Step 3: Complete the next steps including completing an electronic background check and watching a pre-training video.

Step 4: Attend your New Coach Training with a valid state ID, your $45 training fee, and a fingerprint clearance card (if you have one). See fingerprinting information below.

Step 5: Complete New Coach Training requirements, wait to be matched with a student.

Training Dates

  • Days 1 and 2: Mondays, December 11th and 18th

Questions? Please call us at 520-882-8006. Reading Seed is open Monday through Friday, 9 am till 5 pm. We’d love to hear from you!



Every volunteer needs to have some form of fingerprint clearance regardless of previous or current employment/volunteer positions. Most school districts accept state issued Fingerprint Clearance Card (Level One or IVP). If you possess one, we will scan it at Day 1 of New Coach Training. Amphi and Flowing Wells volunteers must also schedule an appointment with their district fingerprint contact. We do not keep fingerprint information on file at Reading Seed nor do we issue state issued clearance cards. A clearance card is not required to volunteer.

How we handle your fingerprint clearance depends on the school district for which you want to volunteer. See the table below.

Amphitheater School District and Flowing Wells School District Sunnyside School District and Tucson Unified School District
  • Fingerprints must be rolled by human resources at the main district office. An appointment must be made beforehand.
  • Fingerprint clearance cards are accepted, but an appointment is still necessary.
  • Make sure to tell your fingerprint technician that you are specifically a Reading Seed Coach!
  • Clearance could take up to 8 weeks.
  • Fingerprint clearance cards are accepted.
  • A fingerprint technician will be available at Day 2 of New Coach Training to roll fingerprints.
  • Reading Seed staff sends paperwork to the main district office to await clearance of volunteers.
  • Clearance could take up to 2 weeks for TUSD and 6 weeks for Sunnyside.


For more information about the Fingerprint Clearance Card, please vist the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s Website here.