Become a Read Ahead Mentor

For nearly 30 years, Read Ahead has paired children from New York City public elementary schools with caring mentors who help them develop confidence, a love of reading, and other skills essential for success in school and beyond. During weekly sessions throughout the school year, Read Ahead mentors are a consistent, positive, and encouraging source of support for their mentees.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Read Ahead!

We are in the process of planning for virtual programming in the 2020-21 school year. Although many things remain uncertain about the upcoming school year, there is no doubt that children will need the support of a Read Ahead mentor now more than ever. 

Our application process will be open to new and returning volunteers from our partner organizations by mid August. We expect to begin onboarding and training for mentors in August, with Read Ahead virtual sessions running from October 2020 – June 2021. If you are not affiliated with one of our partner organizations, and are interested in learning more about how your company can become a partner, please contact us.

Sign up below to be notified as soon as our 2020-21 mentor application is available! 

If you have additional questions, please email us at

I'm interested in becoming a Read Ahead mentor!

Our 2020-21 virtual program will look a bit different, but check out this video to get a feeling for what Read Ahead is all about!

Read Ahead partner schools are located in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens

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