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Read our Code of Ethics and Video Release below and fill out the form to acknowledge you agree.

You will be sent a link to fill out a background check, and we will contact you to schedule your training/shadow days.


The mission of the H.U.G. Reading Program is to promote the literacy skills of struggling readers in elementary schools. When serving children, tutors must: Be honest, comply with the law, and be a role model of good citizenship.

The following rules of conduct guide volunteer behavior, and are not intended to limit the application of the forgoing general rules. The guidance below is developed to protect each group: student, volunteers, and teachers. Tutors will:

  • treat all students, participants, parents, other volunteers, and staff with respect and consideration. H.U.G. will not discriminate against anyone on the basis of age, race, gender, culture, socio-economic status, religion, or creed, or handicapping condition.

  • use only positive techniques while working with the students, including: positive reinforcement, encouragement, redirection, and anticipation and presentation of potential problems. Tutors will alert school staff to any issues children may share about a harmful situation in their lives.

  • should be at their assigned sites only during regularly scheduled tutoring sessions.

  • will not use tobacco products at school sites at any time.

  • must wear appropriate clothing and follow any applicable school dress codes.

  • will not carry a concealed weapon or firearm on school grounds at ANY time.

  • will not use profanity in the presence of the students, parents, or staff.

  • will maintain confidentiality, and will discuss information about students only with school staff and the tutors. Online website access will have passcode protection for each profile sheet on each student.

  • should report, in confidence, any suspected violation of the Ethics Code to the Program Director.

  • NOT private gifts or food should be given to students. ALL students will be given a summer reading book, and volunteers can write messages in the books.

  • NOT visit students outside of school. This is to protect the tutors and the student in order to maintain the best relationship for tutoring.


I hereby grant H.U.G. Reading Program (the “Company”) the irrevocable right and permission to use any photographs and/or video or audio recordings of me on their website and other websites or for any other promotional purposes without compensation to me.

I understand and agree that such photographs and/or video recordings of me may be placed on the Internet. I also understand and agree that I may be identified by name and/or title in printed, Internet or broadcast information that might accompany the photographs and/or video or audio recordings of me. I waive the right to approve the final product or any version of the product. I agree that all such portraits, pictures, photographs, video and audio recordings, and any reproductions thereof, and all plates, negatives, recording tape and digital files are and shall remain the property of the Company.

I hereby release, acquit and forever discharge H.U.G. Reading Program, the Company, its current and former trustees, agents, officers and employees of the above-named entities from any and all claims, demands, rights, promises, damages and liabilities arising out of or in connection with the use or distribution of said photographs and/or video or audio recordings, including but not limited to any claims for invasion of privacy, appropriation of likeness or defamation.

I hereby warrant that I am eighteen (18) years of age or older and competent to contract in my own name or, if I am less than eighteen years of age, that my parent or guardian has signed this release form below. This release is binding on me, my heirs, assigns and personal representatives.

Falsifying information on the H.U.G. application is a breach of the Ethics Code and will result in the applicant being denied the opportunity to volunteer with the H.U.G. Reading Program.

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