Y Reads!

y reads program to be offered at 4 schools this fall

From preschool until third grade, children learn to read. From then on, they read to learn. However, nearly half of all Escambia County third graders are struggling to read on grade level. For these kids, not learning to read means they can’t read to learn. That makes every class, every subject, harder. And so they struggle, eventually falling one grade, maybe two grades behind in their reading level. Some of these students may get promoted to higher grades when they aren’t ready. Some get teased because they can’t read aloud in class. Others, frustrated, eventually drop out.

At the Y, we have a solution: The Y Reads Program.

Y reads schools for 2023-24 school year
  • Ferry Pass Elementary
  • Global Learning Academy
  • Sherwood Elementary
  • West Pensacola Elementary

Y Reads is an early intervention program that targets students in Kindergarten through third grade with a curriculum designed to bring young readers up to grade level. The program improves students' literacy by focusing on skills such as phonics, vocabulary, and reading comprehension.

Y Reads isn't just reading to kids. It operates as an extended classroom and helps students maintain school attendance and good behavior while developing self-esteem and social skills.

Students are referred by teachers and staff at their school. Each student receives three hours of structured instruction a week. The program has produced strong outcomes throughout the state, and we're excited to bring it to Pensacola, thanks to funding from the Escambia Children's Trust.

create a brighter future for a child

volunteer mentors are vital to program success

By volunteering just two hours a week, you can teach a child to read and change the entire course of her education. As a Y Reads mentor, you will work in small groups or one-on-one with a child to help him improve academic performance and develop positive self-esteem. No experience necessary!

  • Y Reads staff provide training and ongoing support.
  • Student volunteers over age 18 can earn community service hours while gaining valuable experience working with children in an educational setting.
  • Volunteers can enhance an interest while providing a critical service to the community.

we're growing our y reads staff team!

assistants needed for all four sites
Our Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.