YReads Program

YReadsAs of 2019, 44% of third grade students in Pinellas County are reading below grade level according to the Florida State Assessment (FSA). Unfortunately, students struggling to read in third grade rarely catch up – one in six students who are not proficient by that point fail to graduate high school on time, a rate four times higher than stronger readers.

YReads provides kindergarten through eighth grade students with the intensive reading instruction they need to succeed. Students are referred by teachers to work with YMCA staff and mentors in small groups during two one-hour individualized sessions per week.

We continuously measure reading skills using both i-Ready Diagnostic tests and informal assessments to provide targeted instruction and track the results of the program. Overall, 98% of students in the program see quantifiable progress in their reading skills and progress to the next grade level!

Data based on Florida Standards Assessments from the Florida Department of Education (Source)


School Locations

The YReads program is open to students of the host school only.

Perkins Elementary

2205 18th Ave. South
St. Petersburg, FL 33712

Ryanne Rubin

YReads Coordinator

Douglas L. Jamerson Elementary

1200 37th St. South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711

Chrissy Domonkos

YReads Coordinator

Sawgrass Lake Elementary

1815 77th Ave. North
St. Petersburg, FL 33702

Elle Gray

YReads Coordinator

Sexton Elementary

1997 54th Ave. North
St. Petersburg, FL 33714

Suzanne Daniele

YReads Coordinator

Meadowlawn Middle

6050 16th St. North
St. Petersburg, FL 33703

Phoenix Hires 

YReads Coordinator

Pinellas Park Middle

6940 70th Ave. North
Pinellas Park, FL 33781

Beth Barancik

YReads Coordinator


Director of Literacy

Kim Lohrey
727.895.9622 x2209

YMCA Director of Literacy


A FREE program made possible by
Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County


By volunteering two hours each week, you can teach a child to read. As a YReads mentor, you will work in a small group environment or one-on-one with kindergarten through third grade students, developing positive self-esteem and helping students improve their academic performance. Be a child's tutor and friend, and help give them the keys to a brighter future.


Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and complete an online application, on-boarding and pass background checks and fingerprinting. All necessary training is provided. Join us - we wouldn't be able to accelerate student success without the help of our amazing volunteers!