The mission of YMCA Reads is to enable at-risk and disadvantaged children in Kindergarten through third-grade, regardless of their race, economic status, or capabilities, to increase their reading skills through structured after-school reading instruction and mentoring.
YMCA Reads is after-school reading remediation and mentoring program where at-risk and low-income children in Kindergarten through third-grade develop the reading skills they need to succeed in school. The YMCA Reads program successfully closes the achievement gap in students’ reading performance with structured curricula delivered by well-trained mentors. The YMCA Reads the program provides differentiated reading instruction to students through small group tutoring/mentoring. Mentoring enhances academic achievement through relationship building and increased academic self-esteem from learning to read. For more information about YMCA Reads and volunteer opportunities, visit our website.