Since 1991, Read Ahead has connected public elementary school students with caring mentors from leading corporate and community partners. The need for Read Ahead is especially urgent right now. Faced with more than a year and a half of interrupted learning due to the devastating effects of COVID-19, and the ongoing challenges and uncertainties in the school year ahead, children need extra individualized support now more than ever.
In 2020, Read Ahead launched our first completely virtual program. During the 2020-21 school year, over 1,100 volunteers helped NYC public elementary schools students build connections, confidence, love of reading, literacy skills, and more!
Combining our 30 years of experience with new technology platforms and an educator-designed curriculum, we are eager to continue that consistent support this year, and need your help. We are seeking virtual mentors from our partner organizations for the 2021-22 school year. If you are not affiliated with one of our partners, and are interested in learning more about how your company can become a partner, please contact us.
Virtual mentoring sessions will take place for 45 minutes each week over Zoom. Mentor-mentee pairs spend most of the session one-on-one in a breakout room, and there are occasional full-group activities led by the Read Ahead Program Coordinator who supervises all sessions.
This short video from 2020-21 provides a helpful overview of our virtual program. Although some details may change for the 2021-22 school year, we think those who are new to Read Ahead will find this overview informative!