reading tutor fist bumping with kid
reading tutor fist bumping with kid


The YMCA is looking for a few good volunteers to meet a critical need—helping youth learn to read.

The need

Y-Literacy, our free after-school reading intervention program, provides tutoring support to local students in grades K-5 who are reading below grade level. Students are paired with a volunteer tutor who commits to about 45 minutes weekly.

The key details

  • Anyone age 16 and up is eligible to volunteer. High school students looking for a volunteer opportunity are encouraged to apply. 
  • Tutoring or literacy education experience is not required. All volunteers receive training and the necessary curriculum and resources covering essential literacy components: phonics, fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, and sight-word recognition.
  • Tutoring sessions are held virtually over Zoom. 
  • Current sessions are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4 p.m., but other days and times are available.

Why it matters

The National Literacy Institute reports that approximately 40 percent of students nationwide cannot read at a basic level. As a Y-Literacy volunteer, you can help students gain the confidence and skills to increase their reading comprehension and literacy skills.

How to sign up/learn more

Email the Y-Literacy program’s Melissa Diaz.