Read to 1st, 2nd or 3rd Graders in a public school in Lower Manhattan!


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Sat Oct 15, 2016 10:00 AM - Thu Aug 31, 2017 12:30 PM


8 Henry Street or 40 Division StreetNew York, NY 10002


Reading Empowers was formed with the mission of improving literacy among young children. Our goal is to instill an interest in reading, at a young age, and our hope is that this will develop into a lifelong love and passion.

This upcoming school semester (Spring 2017), we will be hosting Saturday morning reading sessions at P.S. 1 and P.S. 124 in Lower Manhattan.

We are looking for volunteers to join us on our mission! We will be reading to students in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade.

P.S. 1 and P.S. 124 are both located in Chinatown at 8 Henry Street and 40 Division Street, repsectively, in LES Manhattan.

Below are the dates for the Spring 2017 semester.

February 11
March 4
March 18
April 1
April 22
April 29

Each session is about two hours, during which volunteers and students are broken up into groups, with each group consisting of 2-3 volunteers and 6-8 students. The two hour sessions consist of reading, writing, and an arts and crafts activity with the students.

Reading Empowers is a non-profit organization in the state of New York and recognized as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization by the IRS. Please feel free to visit our website


  1. Volunteers must be 18 or older
  2. New volunteers must pass the background check with our vendor, Go Pass. There is a $60 background check fee that will be reimbursed to you after you volunteer with us for 60% of all the sessions in one full school year ~ 8-9 sessions
  3. We are looking for consistent commitment for this school year, which is roughly two Saturdays per month

To get involved please fill out our online application at:


  • Child Development
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Reading / Writing

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Roughly 2.5 - 3 hours each session

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