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This is a state-wide literacy mentoring program for children in kindergarten through third grade. Volunteer mentors meet twice a week with students after school to help them improve their literacy comprehension and basic reading skills. This is a free program for students who are referred by their teachers.


Englewood: Myakka River and Englewood Elementary Schools
  • For more information contact: 
    • Amy Morales Myakka River Elementary YMCA READS! Coordinator, at 941-525-2362. 
    • Mandy Boots Englewood Elementary YMCA READS! Coordinator, at 941-525-6019

Promoting Early Literacy

The Y-READS! program seeks to close the gap in between students' reading performance and the State of Florida’s reading-performance expectations. The program provides the resources necessary to help improve the reading levels of children in kindergarten to third grade while developing greater self-esteem and social skills. Trained volunteers provide reading instruction in groups of one or two children using the SIPPS (Systematic Instruction in Phonemic Awareness, Phonics and Sight Words) curriculum and KidzLit.

Students who participate in Y-READS! are referred by the partner schools’ principals, reading coaches, guidance counselors and/or student’s teachers. Students are referred to our program based on their performance in reading in the classroom and assessment testing such as the i-Ready Florida Diagnostic.

Each student enrolled in Y-READS! is expected to receive a minimum of two individualized sessions per week with a mentor. Each student’s reading level is continuously assessed to provide targeted instruction. Student progress is monitored quarterly through curriculum and school assessments, but the biggest measurement is by what their families have to say about the program.

All students enrolled in the Y-READS! program are referred by teachers at their local school. Each student has been identified by a professional educator as “at-risk” and in need of additional reading skill development for successful grade level promotion. Each year, program assessments show improvements. The children’s reading levels are assessed at the beginning and throughout the program using the i-Ready Florida Diagnostic test.


By volunteering twice a week, you can teach a child to read. As a Y READS! Mentor, you will work in a small group environment or one-on-one with Kindergarten to third grade students, helping students improve their academic performance and developing positive self-esteem. Be a child’s tutor and friend, and give them the keys to a brighter future. Volunteers must complete a volunteer application and pass online background checks. Full training provided. Join us; we could use someone like you!




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