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Our Mission

Like the plot of a book, the course of a child’s life is set in the opening chapters. Read Ahead believes that reading side by side with children helps them move forward on the right page. Read Ahead volunteers devote their lunch hours to helping elementary school students master both literacy and life. Their mentoring does more than develop necessary reading skills. It enables children to create lives for themselves that are fulfilling, and often, inspiring.

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Reading Mentors Program

Every week throughout the school year, over 1,000 New Yorkers involved in our Reading Mentors program spend their lunch hours travelling to nearby public schools and volunteering as reading mentors to elementary school students who are struggling to read.

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Friends of Read Ahead

Friends of Read Ahead is made up of young professionals who are devoted to our mission and passionate about building awareness of our organization and its programs. Our young professionals committee knows how to have fun, hosting networking and fundraising events throughout the year, including their annual Strikes, Spares, and Splits bowling event!

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Turning the Page: A Gala Celebration

April 30, 2014 was one of the rainiest days in the history of New York City, but despite the stormy weather more than 325 guests came together to celebrate Read Ahead’s 12th Annual Gala at the visually stunning Midtown West venue Espace NY. The highlight of the evening was the first official unveiling of the organization’s new name and new vision.

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