Thousands of students across New York City are reading below grade level

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Our Mission

Read Ahead ignites a love of reading in young students through mentoring, improving their confidence as well as their odds for success in school and life.

Our Schools and Students

We serve approximately 1,000 elementary school students at 20 partner schools each year.

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Our Program

Read Ahead is reading-based mentoring program for elementary school students. Volunteer reading mentors from our corporate and community partners are matched with a student for the school year to read and spend time together during the students’ lunch hour each week.

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Our Reading Mentors

Read Ahead has 1,200 volunteer mentors who make our program possible each year.

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1 in 4 students are reading below grade level by the 5th grade

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Read Across America Day

During the week of March 2, Read Ahead students across New York City will celebrate Read Across America Day with their volunteer mentors. They will take turns reading “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” …

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Support Our Community Schools

Together, we are making long-lasting impact in over 1,000 students’ lives each year. Read Ahead has programs in 20 schools throughout New York City, mostly served by corporate partners who support t…

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Read Ahead’s 25th Birthday Campaign

This year on March 31st, Read Ahead turns 25! As a way to celebrate, we will be launching a one-day campaign to raise $2,500 dollars. Help us reach our goal by clicking on the donate button below!

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2016 TCS New York City Marathon

Read Ahead is pleased to announce its participation in the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon! All money raised through the marathon will benefit our signature reading-based mentoring program, which par…

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Strikes, Spares, and Splits

The 5th Annual Strikes, Spares, and Splits bowling benefit hosted by the Junior Board on Thursday, March 3 was one for the history books. The event raised $73,000 thanks to the outreach of the 200 bow…

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25th Anniversary Gala

As we enter into our 25th year of service, we are excited to honor corporate partners who have played a pivotal role in our success. The success of our program is due in part to companies that have su…

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Read Ahead is located at 50 Broad Street, Suite 1720, New York, NY 10004.

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