Get involved with YMCA READS!
A Literacy/Mentoring Initiative Targeting First Through Third Grade Students
The YMCA READS! program seeks to close the gap in students’ reading performance and the State of Florida’s reading performance expectations. The program meets the educational and developmental needs of students by providing structured and supervised services. The primary focus is on improving students’ reading skills. Additional services are provided to develop the whole child, including meeting each child’s need for relationship building and greater self-esteem. Volunteer mentors deliver the program services under the supervision of the YMCA READS! staff.
There are many ways in which YOU can support the program!
Time: Volunteering your time is the most precious gift you can give to a child.
Money: Funding for this program is dependent on public/private partnerships partly funded by the Florida Department of Education and community contributions.
Materials: School supplies and books are always needed.
Please email Mercedes Wood at to see what you or your organization can donate today!
NO EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY! Training and ongoing support by YMCA READS! staff will be provided. Student volunteers can earn community service hours while gaining valuable experience working with children in an educational setting. Adult volunteers can gain experience to further their careers, enhance an interest or simply receive satisfaction for “giving back to the community.” A minimum commitment of 2 hours per week is required.
By volunteering 2 hours a week, you can teach a child to read. As a YMCA READS! Mentor, you will work in a small group environment or one-on-one with a 1st to 3rd grade student, developing positive self-esteem and helping students improve their academic performance. Be a child’s tutor and friend, and give them the keys to a brighter future.

For more information about the program please contact:

Sulphur Springs Elementary:

Pizzo Elementary:

Twin Lakes Elementary:

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