Building Strong Readers

Y-Literacy helps struggling readers in grades K-4 gain confidence by increasing their reading comprehension and literacy skills. We offer weekly free one-on-one tutoring to students who are reading below their grade level. Our curriculum covers all of the essential components of literacy: phonics, fluency, comprehension, vocabulary and writing. Y-Literacy meets at local Metro Nashville Public Schools, YMCA membership facilities, or online.

Program Components


The Y-Literacy curriculum is designed to engage students in a 1-on-1 format. Each lesson lasts approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. Students will receive tutoring in correspondence to their individual reading level.

Along with reading, students will practice comprehension, fluency, writing, sight words, vocabulary, and other grade level phonics and grammar skills!

Schools Served

Open to all MNPS elementary schools

Book Distribution

Literacy Centers can distribute books and resources in English and Spanish throughout the year. Please let your director know if your student needs access to books at home to read.

Get started

For more information on participating in or volunteering with Y-Literacy, contact the Program Director at one of the sites below.