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 call to see what you or your organization can donate today!


> Volunteer for YMCA READS! Follow this link and click Child Care Services YMCA

Download the YMCA READS! Brochure

Why Mentor at the Y?

Mentor Code of Conduct

YMCA READS! Curriculum

Make a Difference: Become a Tutor


Giving your time to mentor a child in reading can have an enormous impact in his or her life. Your involvement in the YMCA READS! program can do more than teach reading skills, it can boost self-esteem, imagination and their ability to succeed in the classroom and in the world.


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: Kia Flowers, YMCA READS! Site Coordinator at 813-318-1610 or Kia.Flowers@tampaymca.org


Pizzo Elementary: Ariadna Rico, YReads Site Coordinator at 813-304-5067 or Ariadna.Rico@tampaymca.org


Twin Lakes Elementary: James Dineen, YReads Site Coordinator at 813-504-3598 or james.dineen@tampaymca.org

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