Our Reading Mentors

Read Ahead, since its founding, has been inspired by the power of leveraging corporate resources for community impact. Each year, approximately 1,200 reading mentors from our corporate and community partners participate in our program. Reading mentors volunteer an hour each week or partner with a colleague to read every other week with their student. Our volunteers are the core supporting students across the city with their time and dedication.

Through our signature program, reading mentors provide:

An hour per week, or every other week, from October to May during lunchtime at a nearby partner school;

A commitment to developing a meaningful relationship with a NYC elementary school student;

A love of reading and the power it has to impact a student’s life;

A belief in the deep impact a mentoring relationship can have on a child.

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Read Ahead supports and prepares mentors by providing:

Training webinars for new mentors and resources for all mentors throughout the year;

Matching with a student based on their demographics, interests, background, and schedule availability;

Ongoing logistical and scheduling support;

Ideas for books to read with the student and topics to discuss;

Support from a trained Read Ahead staff member who can guide and enrich the student-mentor relationship.

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