Transform a Child's Future with YMCA Reads!



Times of day

Weekday Evenings

Time Commitment

A few hours per week


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


1200 37th Street South
Saint Petersburg
United States


YMCA READS! is an after-school reading assistance and mentoring program at Perkins, Jamerson, and Sawgrass Lake Elementary Schools in St. Petersburg, providing opportunities for at-risk and low-income children in Kindergarten through third-grade develop the reading skills they need to succeed in school. Volunteer mentors will work in a small-group environment and will be given continuous support by a full-time program coordinator.

WHO can volunteer? Anyone 16 years or older! No prior teaching or tutoring experience is necessary, just a passion to help children and give back to the St. Petersburg community. A full FREE training and all materials will be provided for you.

WHEN can I volunteer? As little as an hour a week will make a huge difference in a child’s life. Choose one or more hour-long sessions per week that work best for you (Monday-Thursday with sessions from 2:50-3:50 pm and 4:00-5:00 pm each day).

WHERE do I volunteer?

Perkins Elementary (2205 18th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33712)

Jamerson Elementary (1200 37th St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33711)

Sawgrass Lake Elementary (1815 77th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702)

WHY should I volunteer? You are giving a child the keys to a brighter future! Students not reading on grade level by 3rd-grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school or fail to graduate on time than their more proficient peers. By taking measures of early intervention, you are helping a child to succeed in school and life!


Training Provided

Language/Cultural Support Available

We welcome



International Volunteers

How To Apply

To get started there are a few steps you'll need to take.

First, you'll need to officially put in a volunteer application and watch a short onboarding video (mainly about identifying child abuse, bloodborne pathogens, and other housekeeping items). You can find the application here and the onboarding video here.

After you've completed the application, our Human Resources Coordinator will reach out to schedule a background check. The YMCA will pay for this expense, you only need to show up.