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YMCA Reads!

Listing Last Update: July 5, 2018


600 1st Ave N
Suite 201
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Primary Contact

Shiloh Capone

(727) 895-9622 Ext:2209

Educational services

  • To read and write better
  • To find a family literacy program
  • To help my child learn
  • To learn English

Instruction Type

  • Classroom

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Program Overview

The YMCA READS! program seeks to close the gap in between students' reading performance and the State of Florida's reading-performance expectations.

We are currently seeking volunteers that are willing to dedicate as little as two hours per week to improve a child's reading score. Volunteers will work with a small group of students and deliver individualized lesson plans developed by the Program Coordinator to the students in their group.

The YMCA READS! program provides the resources necessary to help improve the reading levels of children in kindergarten to third grade while developing greater self-esteem and social skills.

Students who participate in YMCA READS! are referred by the partner schools' principals, reading coaches, guidance counselors and/or student's teachers. Students are referred to our program based on their performance in reading in the classroom and assessment testing such as the iReady Florida Diagnostic.

Each student's reading level is continuously assessed to provide targeted instruction. Student progress is monitored quarterly through curriculum and school assessments, but the biggest measurement is by what their families have to say about the program.
All students enrolled in the YMCA READS! program are referred by teachers at their local school. Each student has been identified by a professional educator as "at-risk" and in need of additional reading skill development for successful grade level promotion. Each year, program assessments show improvements. The children's reading levels are assessed at the beginning and throughout the program using the iReady Florida Diagnostic test.

Mission Statement

To put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Hours of operation: 9 AM - 5 PM

Cost info: N/A

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

"What I appreciate here is the fact that we get to work with children one-on-one or with a very small group. That is such a luxury for someone like me who used to have an entire classroom at a time! I used to see 900 children a week because I taught music, theater and fine arts. In this setting, we get to really see where the learning process is breaking down so we can address it right then and there. No wonder the children are making progress! They know what is expected from them because there is a routine. Things are consistent and predictable in the SIPPS program and in the program as a whole. That's what they need, because they have focus issues, so this structure keeps them grounded. This is a great program, so I love coming here. I just love those kids!"

- YMCA Reads Volunteer

"This is my second year of volunteering…[and I] will most likely be back next year. Last year, we had a boy that could barely read at the beginning of the year, and by the end of the year he was reading one to two grades above level. It was amazing.His self-esteem improved, helping him was very gratifying."

- YMCA Reads Volunteer

Manuel*, 9 , was referred to the program in second grade when he was reading at the pre-primer level. Manuel had already experienced failure as he had to repeat kindergarten, but since being at YREADS his academic and emotional growth has been remarkable. Manuel is now reading on grade-level by the end of third grade. On the FCAT reading he scored a 3 in addition to having the third highest score in his classroom.

His favorite activity at YREADS is competing against himself in timed fluency practice. "Watching Manuel grow in his reading skills was an inspiring rewarding experience. I'm very proud of his accomplishments and know he will continue to do well as he goes on to Fourth grade."

-Student Success Story

*Names have been changed for confidentiality.

Program’s Demographics/Metrics

Students participating in YMCA Reads have been identified as at-risk by their teachers, guidance counselors, and reading coaches. Programmatic activities target low-income communities to provide the highest-impact possible to the students who need it to the most.

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