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Help a child build a brighter future with the gift of reading and mentoring

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  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 120 people are interested
Reading makes me smile!

Read with an elementary student one lunch hour a week. It's the easiest, most meaningful volunteer experience in Kansas City! Apply online, complete a short online training session, and get paired with a student. Not sure you can make a weekly commitment? Sign up with a partner to share the volunteer experience, or become a "Flexible Reading Mentor" and attend a couple sessions each month.

Lead to Read KC is a Kansas City nonprofit dedicated to supporting the social, emotional and reading skills that are foundational for student success by advancing our literacy platform and mobilizing community volunteers. We help Kansas City children build a brighter future.

What We Do

Launched in 2011, Lead to Read KC connects hundreds of elementary students attending high-need schools with caring adult Reading Mentors each week through our traditional in-classroom and digital reading and mentoring programs. And, we have launched Reading Is Everywhere(SM), a community book distribution initiative, and Reading For Life Author Partnerships to promote self-esteem, coping skills and wellness among the students we serve. Learn more at leadtoreadkc.org.

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About Lead to Read KC


Kansas City Metro Area, Kansas City, MO 64108, US

Mission Statement

Our mission is to improve third grade literacy by mobilizing community volunteers to read one-to-one with children in Kansas City-area classrooms on a weekly basis.


Lead to Read KC is dedicated to improving the basic literacy skills of children in our urban core. Why? Because fewer than half of Kansas City, Missouri third graders are reading on grade level. Launched in 2011, Lead to Read KC has grown into Kansas City’s largest literacy volunteer corps, connecting nearly 1,100 elementary students with adult Reading Mentors across the metropolitan area each week.


Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Children & Youth, Community, Education & Literacy


Thu Sep 21, 2023 - Thu Dec 14, 2023
12:30 PM - 01:00 PM


3421 Cherry StreetKansas City, MO 64109



  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Relationship Building
  • Tutoring
  • Youth Services


  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Reading sessions last 30 minutes and take place once a week over lunch during the school year.
  • Online Application & Sterling Volunteer background check

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