Brilliant Detroit

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Year Founded:
Local Leader / Exec. Director:
Cindy Eggleton
Main Address:
5675 Larkins Street
Detroit, MI 48210
Volunteer Opportunity:

Virtual Literacy Tutor (BookNook)

Brilliant Detroit and our partner BookNook have launched Remote Literacy Tutoring to serve students Kindergarten-4th grade. The remote tutoring uses video conferencing and the BookNook digital literacy platform to provide time for students to connect with mentors and improve their literacy skills each week. Mentors lead students through pre-planned lessons that BookNook recommends based on students’ skill level and areas of need.

The school year session of the program begins on September 28th and observes holidays in accordance with the Detroit Public Schools calendar. We are signing up mentors and students on a rolling basis, so no need to worry about the program already beginning. Ideally, volunteers commit to working with their students until the end of the school year. That being said, we understand that schedules change. With this in mind, we are looking for a minimum commitment of 6 weeks.

We are looking for new mentors who can commit to meeting with a student for 45 minutes twice a week. We have set time slots for student/guide pairs to meet on the days listed below. Please note that these times are subject to change as we respond to the needs of our families. Please note that all Brilliant Detroit programs operate on Eastern Time.

12pm Mondays and Wednesdays
4pm Mondays and Wednesdays
5pm Mondays and Wednesdays
12pm Tuesdays and Thursdays
4pm Tuesdays and Thursdays
5pm Tuesdays and Thursdays
In order to participate in the program, you must have access to wifi and technology (see list of compatible devices below), attend a one hour training with a BookNook staff member and complete a background check. Training times are flexible; We will put you in touch directly with our colleague at BookNook to find a time that works well for you. You will also need a device that can use Zoom such as a computer (with a camera), tablet, or smartphone.

There are lots of devices that are compatible with BookNook, here’s the list (phones are NOT compatible):

iPads(iOS 9.3+), Chromebooks (Chrome OS 54+), Android 4.4+, Mac (OS X 10+), PC (Windows 7+), Supported Fire Tablets: Kindle Fire HDX (2013 and 2014), Fire HD 8 and 10 (2015 - 2018)

Don't hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have by emailing and thank you for contributing to our mission of kid success.


Open to

Suitable for Kids: 

Ages 13-17

Size of Group: 


Skills Needed

No skills required


Next occurrence is
Mon, 06/21/2021  
(12pm - 4:45pm)
Repeats every week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday until Tue Aug 31 2021.
Monday, June 21st, 2021
Duration of 4 hour(s) 45 minutes

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