Promoting Early Literacy

In 2017, 44% of third grade students in Pinellas County did not pass the English and Language Arts portion of the Florida State Assessment (FSA). Unfortunately, students struggling to read in third grade rarely catch up – 1 in 6 students who are not proficient by that point fail to graduate high school on time, a rate four times higher than stronger readers.

YMCA Reads! provides kindergarten through third grade students with the intensive reading instruction they need to succeed. YMCA READS! students are referred by teachers to work with 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, 100% of students in the program see quantifiable progress in their reading skills!

Perkins Elementary School (For Perkins Elementary School students only)
2205 18th Ave. S
St. Petersburg, FL 33712 

Perkins Y READS! Coordinator:

Ryanne Rubin
727.895.9622, ext 2210 

Doug Jamerson Elementary School (For Doug Jamerson Elementary School students only)
1200 37th St. S.
St. Petersburg, Fl 33711

Doug Jamerson Y READS! Coordinator:

Shiloh Capone
727.895.9622, ext 2209

Sawgrass Lake Elementary School (For Sawgrass Lake Elementary School students only)
1815 77th Ave N
St. Petersburg, Fl 33702

Sawgrass Lake Y READS! Coordinator:

Ted Barnett
727.895.9622 ext 1304




By volunteering two hours each 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, 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. Volunteers must be at least 16, complete an online application, on-boarding, and pass background checks/fingerprinting. Full training provided. Join us. We could use someone like you!