READ 718 is a Brooklyn based non-profit organization providing individualized reading instruction and literacy mentorship to low-income students in grades 4-8 who are reading below grade level. We know that strong literacy skills are essential for school success and lifelong learning, and that direct instruction is often necessary to support students’ literacy development beyond the early grades. READ 718 aims to help all children achieve success in school and develop a love of reading by partnering students with a committed and trained volunteer in a safe, supportive environment.
READ718 offers individualized reading instruction and mentorship to low-income students in Brooklyn who need it. How the program works: - A student is referred to READ 718 by a teacher or school administrator. - The student and parent/guardian agree to have the student participate in tutoring sessions at READ 718 twice per week for 1.5 hours for a minimum of 10 weeks. - The student’s literacy skills are assessed by a certified reading specialist and an instructional plan is created. Contact with the student’s teacher is made to get any relevant information about the student’s literacy needs. - The student is matched with a dedicated, trained volunteer who will work on the identified areas of weakness, as well as engage in reading for pleasure with the student. - After 10 weeks, the student’s literacy skills will again be assessed to evaluate progress and determine if ongoing instruction is necessary.