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 the ongoing challenges of remote learning, devastating effects of COVID-19, and trauma of systemic racism, children need extra, individualized support to stay on track.
To meet this moment, Read Ahead has developed a completely virtual program for the 2020-21 school year. Combining our 30 years of experience with new technology platforms and an educator-designed curriculum, Read Ahead has matched children with supportive mentors for fun, live program sessions that build connection, confidence, literacy skills, and more! We are in the process of planning for the 2021-22 school year.
In our 2020-21 program, sessions 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. If you are interested in learning more, please watch our orientation video below.
We are not currently seeking additional mentors for the 2020-21 school year. If you are affiliated with one of our partner organizations and would like to be contacted if a spot opens up in spring 2021 or be notified when our 2021-22 application is available, please click here for our short interest form.