Our Y Read program helps kids gain confidence and improve their grades by increasing their reading comprehension and literacy skills. The program provides one-on-one literacy tutoring to youth who are at least one grade level below in reading. Our supportive tutors nurture the potential of youth in our community, especially those who struggle with reading. Students typically meet twice weekly with their tutors at a local library. 

  • Increases Self-Confidence
  • Improves Reading Skills
  • Builds Future Ready Learners
  • Success in School
  • Personalized Reading Instruction

84% of students advanced one grade level in word recognition, comprehension, or vocabulary.

Potential students will meet with one of our staff members as part of the registration process. This appointment usually lasts about 1 hour and will include a discussion on the student's goals, availability, and a reading assessment. To schedule an appointment contact Michelle Peeler, michelle.peeler@gwrymca.org or 314-776-7102

 

We partner with libraries in the bi-state region to provide this program at convenient locations throughout the community. Students and tutors can also meet at a YMCA location near them.

Our youth students meet with their tutors 1-2 hours twice a week for a year at a library that is convenient for them. The tutor and student cover the essential components of literacy: phonics, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary.

Is there a cost to this program?
This is a free program for youth struggling with reading skills. 

Do I have to be a YMCA member to participate in this program?
No. This program is a free program we offer to our community regardless of YMCA membership. 

Is my preK or Kindergarten student eligible?
Most students learn to read by 6 or 7 years old, that's why we begin to offer our program to students at the end of 1st grade. We recommend these tips to help younger readers:

  • Read to your child daily for at least 15 minutes
    • Stop and ask questions while you are reading
  • Point out letters and words while out in public 
    • Focus on letter sounds, this can be more important than letter names
  • Be a reading example, let your child see you read daily
  • Play games - rhyming, sight words, etc... Make it fun!