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Reach Out and Read prepares America’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. We build on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers to develop essential early literacy skills in young children via the existing health infrastructure.

A large portion of our funding comes from the NYC City Council's Department of Youth and Community Development. We are recruiting volunteers to advocate on our behalf with your local City Council Member. Volunteers will be given the resources needed to make their Council Member aware of our program, how many sites are in their district, how many families are impacted by our program and how many books are distributed to children in need.

We ask that only New York City residents apply as you will be assigned the City Council member for your home district.

Reach Out and Read of Greater New York Literacy Advocates will play an important role in bringing the importance of early literacy to the forefront of our elected officials agendas.

Learn more about our volunteer opportunities at www.reachoutandreadnyc.org/volunteers.

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About Reach Out and Read of Greater New York

Location:

105 W 86th Street, #330, New York, NY 10024, US

Mission Statement

Reach Out and Read prepares America’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. We build on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers to develop essential early literacy skills in young children via the existing health infrastructure.

Description

In the Greater New York region, we provide books and training to over 230 Reach Out and Read programs in predominantly low-income communities in New York City, Long Island, and the Greater Hudson Valley. As a result of this evidence-based intervention, parents learn new ways to stimulate their children’s literacy development, have more books in their home, and read to their children more. Parents are supported as their children’s first and most important teachers, and children grow up to become avid readers.

Our program is a proven intervention, supported by 15 independent, peer reviewed research studies. Studies were published in renowned journals including Clinical Pediatrics, Journal of the National Medical Association, and Pediatrics. During the preschool years, children served by Reach Out and Read score three to six months ahead of their non-Reach Out and Read peers on vocabulary tests, preparing them to start school on target.

Studies have not only found significant effects on children’s language development, but also benefits to health clinics and the people working there. When evaluating 17 clinics, researchers found that "clinicians at the majority of the study clinics believed that the program boosted clinic morale, increased provider satisfaction, improved patient- clinician relationships, and promoted a literacy-rich environment."

Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
Community

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.

SKILLS

  • Literacy / Reading
  • Community Outreach
  • Networking
  • People Skills
  • Public Speaking
  • Relationship Building

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18
  • Quarterly check-ins with ROR GNY staff, biannual meetings with City Council Members

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