A Literacy/Mentoring Initiative Targeting First Through Third Grade Students

The YMCA READS! Program, seeks to close the gap in students’ reading performance and the State of Florida’s reading performance expectations. The program meets the educational and developmental needs of students by providing structured and supervised services. The primary focus is on improving students’ reading skills. Additional services are provided to develop the whole child, including meeting each child’s need for relationship building and greater self-esteem. Volunteer mentors deliver the program services under the supervision of the YMCA READS! staff.

Location: Plantation Elementary School

For more information contact: Padmini Samaroo, YMCA READS! Coordinator, at psamaroo@ymcasouthflorida.org or 954-707-3766.

Time: Giving your time to mentor a child in reading can have an enormous impact in his or her life.
Money: Funding for this program is dependent on public/private partnerships partly funded by the Florida Department of Education and community contributions.
Materials: School supplies and books are always needed.

Please call to see what you or your organization can donate today!

Who can Volunteer with READS!?
NO EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY! Training and ongoing support by YMCA READS! staff will be provided.

  • High school students earn volunteer hours.
  • Retired teachers can contribute their educational experiences.
  • Individuals seeking to gain a new experience.
  • Someone who like to make a difference in the life of a student.

Volunteer with YMCA READS! (Download our Application)

Commitment to the READS! The program is very important. We encourage volunteers to work with the program for at least 3 months, giving a minimum of two hours per week. As a YMCA READS! Mentor, you will work in a small group environment or one-on-one with a Kindergarten to the 3rd-grade student, developing positive self-esteem and helping students improve their academic performance. Be a child’s tutor and friend, and give them the keys to a brighter future.

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