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Y READS! seeks to close the gap in students’ reading performance for children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade. YREADS! runs from September to June, uses research-based curriculum and hinges on the support of volunteer mentors. Trained volunteers provide reading instruction to a small group of participants who have been referred to the program by their teachers and reading coaches based on assessment and classroom test scores.

Y Reads! has helped students who would otherwise fail, advance to the next grade level at Twin Lakes Academy.

  • Since February 2015, students logged more than 1,000 hours at Y Reads!
  • 89% of 30 students made progress in at least one area of reading
  • Based on teacher surveys, 85% students improved in self-confidence, behavior and performance
  • Based on parent surveys, 100% of parents reported being satisfied with the program

Help save Y Reads!

This year the Florida Legislature eliminated funding for Y Reads! Programs at 24 out of 39 elementary schools across the state. The YMCA of Florida’s First Coast funds were cut for 4 out of their 6 sites. The YMCA of Florida’s First Coast, The Brooks YMCA Board and the community are committing to saving Y Reads. If you are interested in supporting this program, please click here to GIVE

Twin Lakes Academy Elementary
8000 Point Meadows Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32256
Candace DeMarco
P: 904.731.2006 ext. 202

John E Ford English and Spanish Montessori Pre K-8 School
1137 Cleveland Street

Jacksonville, Florida 32209
Coordinator: Michelle Kampfe
P: 904.731.2006

Kings Trail Elementary
7401 Old Kings Road South
Jacksonville, FL 32217
Coordinator: Hailey Ellis
P: 904.731.2006

Montclair Elementary
2398 Moody Avenue
Orange Park, FL 32073
Coordinator: Clarissa Evans
P: 904.644.0072

We’ve Raised

Top Teams

  1 -  Brooks Advisory Board ($6,100.00)

Top Campaigners

  1 -  Rahul Sharma ($3,660.00)
  2 -  Kathryn Henthorn ($695.00)
  3 -  Nicko Gallegos ($600.00)
  4 -  Tiffany Esser ($90.00)
  5 -  Josh Harrison ($0.00)
  6 -  Teresa Hale ($0.00)
  7 -  Christina Jankovitz ($0.00)