Privacy Policy

For the purposes of this document, “we” refers to Reading Kids Connect.

At Reading Kids Connect, we are committed above all to the safety and privacy of all participants. 

What personal information does Reading Kids Connect collect?

  • Personal information is only collected directly from online application forms.
  • Personal information about children under 13 is collected from parents. Personal information is collected from minors over 13 after obtaining parental consent. 
  • We collect the following information from participants over 13 or parents of participants under 13: 
    • Contact information (name, age, email address, phone number)
    • Parent/guardian name, email address, and phone number (if under 18)
    • Matching information (including Internet access, skills, hobbies/interests, age preference, availability) 
  • We collect the minimum information necessary to match and contact participants.

 

How do we use personal information?

  • We use personal information only to match and contact participants, so that all parties can have the best possible experience.

 

Who is personal information shared with?

  • Mentees’ information (first name, age, parent/guardian name, email address, phone number, and a general introduction) will be shared with the mentor. Mentors’ information (full name, email address, phone number, and a general introduction) will be shared with the family of the mentee. 
  • If we suspect illegal behavior or threats to the health and safety of any individuals, we reserve the right to share any user’s information with the appropriate legal authorities so that the situation can be investigated and prevented. 

 

Is personal information collected during video sessions with mentors?

  • Video sessions are never recorded. No photographs or audio/video recordings will be taken of participants.
  • Reading Kids Connect is not responsible for any information that a mentee or their family chooses to share with their mentor after they are matched. Likewise, we are not responsible for any information that a mentor chooses to share with their mentee or mentee’s family after they are matched. However, mentors must sign an agreement that they will not disclose any information about mentees or their families that they may learn from video sessions except in the cases described above.

 

When will I be contacted by Reading Kids Connect?

  • ‍We will contact parents or mentees over 13 only for the following reasons:
    • Pairing you with a mentor
    • Notifying you of any changes in our policies
    • Providing you with additional information about this program
    • Responding to any questions or concerns you may have
  • We will contact mentors only for the following reasons:
    • Scheduling your initial interview and volunteer trainings
    • Matching you with a mentee
    • Following up on video sessions 
    • Notifying you of any changes in our policies
    • Responding to any questions or concerns you may have 
  • If you no longer want us to contact you or you no longer wish to participate, please email [email protected]
  • We do not use your personal contact information to send you any unsolicited information, and we do not provide it to third parties.

 

Who maintains personal information at Reading Kids Connect? Who can I contact to update or remove my or my child’s personal information?

  • A participant or their parent or guardian can update their or their child’s information or end participation in the program at any time. 
  • Participants’ information will be maintained in password-protected files.
  • Personal information is maintained by authorized staff of Reading Kids Connect. For all inquiries about personal information or about this privacy policy, please email [email protected]