Tutor Spotlight: Jaylynn

Meet Jaylynn, READ Tutor Ambassador

10.19.2017 | Category: Newsletter | Tags:

9th Annual Spring Benefit Honored Tutors and Raised Funds

Passionate supporters of Read Alliance gathered together at the 9th Annual Spring Benefit on Thursday, April 27th, for a night of generous philanthropy and celebration. READ teens eagerly shared stories of their tutor experiences with engaging guests.

05.11.2017 | Category: Newsletter | Tags:

9th Annual Spring Benefit Video

Learn about the impact READ programs have on our students, and meet some of the amazing tutors making those programs a reality.

05.05.2017 | Category: Media Clips | Tags:

Help Support READ Tutors This Holiday Season

Do you remember the first person who believed in you? Maybe it was a parent, a grandparent or a teacher. We all remember our earliest supporters, the people who inspired us to reach our full potential. For READ students like Sebastian, READ tutors are some of their biggest supporters and earliest cheerleaders.

12.08.2016 | Category: Newsletter | Tags:

Bringing Our Program to Life

Join us at one of our upcoming Visitor Days and see READ in action!

10.19.2016 | Category: Newsletter | Tags:

2016-2017 School Year Kickoff

This school year will be like no other! We will serve 1,200 students in 40 cohorts across New York City.

10.19.2016 | Category: Newsletter | Tags:

Subscribe to our Youtube Channel!

Did you know: you can help READ simply by subscribing to our Youtube channel?

09.29.2016 | Category: Newsletter | Tags:

2015-2016 School Year Reading Program Wrap-Up

The sun is shining and school is out! During the 2015-2016 school-year, we served a total of 1,259 students in 31 sites across the five boroughs in New York City.

07.22.2016 | Category: Newsletter | Tags:

School’s Out, Summer is Here!

Summer is well underway and that can only mean one thing: the start of READ’s 2016 Summer Reading Programs! Last week, READ launched our 2016 Summer Reading Programs and we’re on track to serve 7 cohorts of students from 12 different sites.

07.22.2016 | Category: Newsletter | Tags:

Meet READ's Tutor Ambassadors

Teen tutors are the “special sauce” of READ’s unique program model. Attendees of our 8th Annual Spring Benefit will have a chance to meet a few of the most outstanding tutors the evening of Thursday, April 21st

03.31.2016 | Category: Press Releases | Tags:

The 8th Annual Spring Benefit is Tonight!

Tonight is our 8th Annual Spring Benefit! Each year we look forward to celebrating the dedication and passion that our staff directs towards ensuring the success of the at-risk children and teens with whom we work. This year we are proud to honor Vincent Alfieri, Bryan Cave LLP, a longtime Board member of READ.

03.29.2016 | Category: Press Releases | Tags:

More Giving, More READing

The numbers for year-end giving are in. Because of your generous support, we raised $117,170 – a five percent increase from last year!

02.23.2016 | Category: Newsletter | Tags:

READ 15th Anniversary Video

Watch this special video to learn more about the important work Read Alliance has been involved with for the last 15 years.

01.27.2016 | Category: Media Clips | Tags:

This Holiday Season, Help Students Like Elijah

Think back to your favorite childhood book. Whether it was The Velveteen Rabbit or Corduroy, do you remember reading that book and how the characters came to life with every turn of the page, sparking your imagination and excitement?

12.18.2015 | Category: Newsletter | Tags:

Coming Full Circle: An Opportunity to Give Back

When Ismael Guadalupe first set foot in the halls of a READ program site he was a READ tutor. Fast forward ten years later, and Ismael is back in those same halls--this time, as a program manager.

06.11.2015 | Category: Newsletter | Tags:

Over Half a Million Dollars Raised - 15th Anniversary Spring Benefit a Huge Success!

On Thursday, April 30th passionate supporters of Read Alliance's mission to improve the educational trajectory of at risk, early elementary students gathered together at The Park Cafe for an evening of celebration, networking, and philanthropy. The evening kicked off with a VIP reception overflowing with Board members--past and present, READ's teen tutor ambassadors, and many of the event's generous sponsors.

05.06.2015 | Category: Newsletter | Tags:

On Thursday, April 21, 2016 Read Alliance joined its passionate supporters at The Park Café for a night filled with generous philanthropy and celebration.

05.06.2015 | Category: Newsletter | Tags:

8th Annual Spring Benefit Wrap Up -- over $480,000 raised!

On Thursday, April 21, 2016 Read Alliance joined its passionate supporters at The Park Café for a night filled with generous philanthropy and celebration.

05.06.2015 | Category: Newsletter | Tags:

Celebrating Student Success

Did you know, every Read Alliance program ends with a graduation ceremony? That translates into 34 graduation ceremonies this school year alone!

05.06.2015 | Category: Newsletter | Tags:

Fiscal Year 2016 at a Glance

Last year was an exciting time for READ! We enhanced our traditional programming by launching READ 2.0 to help us address sustainable reading skills, and our students continued to make momentous achievements in their reading skills.

05.06.2015 | Category: Newsletter | Tags:

READ 2.0 Launches at Two Schools!

Read Alliance’s vision is to help our students develop more nuanced and complex reading skills so they can ultimately sustain their reading gains through the third grade and beyond. In February, READ launched an exciting pilot program at PS 3K in Brooklyn and PS 5X in the Bronx to do just that.

05.06.2015 | Category: Newsletter | Tags:

Armed with Passion to Mentor Kids

Katy Knight's passion for education and opportunity started early on. Katy grew up in the Ridgewood neighborhood of Queens where her academic achievements distinguished her amongst her peers.

04.14.2015 | Category: Newsletter | Tags:

Looking Back: Reflections from a READ Tutor Alumna

When Marielys Mejia walked into her interview with Read Alliance, it was her first interview of any kind. In 2001 she was a freshman at St. Jean Baptiste High School on Manhattan's Upper East Side when her school counselor approached her with the job opportunity.

03.26.2015 | Category: Newsletter | Tags:

Give. READ. Succeed.

READ donors impact children's lives every day by giving the gift of reading! Thanks to your support, READ provided 1,038 at-risk kindergarteners and first graders with critical reading intervention and employed 899 teens as tutors during fiscal year 2014.

12.12.2014 | Category: Newsletter | Tags:

Give. READ. Succeed.

READ donors impact children's lives every day by giving the gift of reading! Thanks to your support, READ provided 1,038 at-risk kindergarteners and first graders with critical reading intervention and employed 899 teens as tutors during fiscal year 2014.

12.12.2014 | Category: Newsletter | Tags:

Visitors Days

Spring Visitors Days!

12.12.2014 | Category: Calendar | Tags:

#GivingTuesday 2014

After a day of giving thanks and two of the biggest shopping days, #GivingTuesday is a global event centered on one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. Interested in being part of this new tradition of generosity?

12.02.2014 | Category: Newsletter | Tags:

READ in Times Square!

Now through July 15th, READ will be featured on a 10-second advertisement on the CBS Super Screen in the heart of Times Square.

05.15.2014 | Category: Calendar | Tags:

READ's 6th Annual Spring Benefit a Major Success

On Thursday, May 8, passionate supporters of early childhood literacy came together to raise more than $370,000 in support of READ’s 6th Annual Spring Benefit at the Time Warner Center’s Park Café.

05.13.2014 | Category: Press Releases | Tags: event

Inspiring Video About What Makes READ's Program Special

Since inception, READ has served nearly 12,000 at risk children who have averaged over a year’s growth in reading. Watch this inspiring video to learn more about what makes READ’s program so special.

05.13.2014 | Category: Media Clips | Tags: read video

Teen Tutor Contest Winner

Jeremiah Nunez, a Super Star trainer and Lead Tutor at PS 65 in the Bronx shared why being a READ tutor is meaningful to him at the 6th Annual Spring Benefit held on May 8th at the Park Café of the Time Warner Center.

05.13.2014 | Category: Press Releases | Tags: tutor contest

Attention Tutors! Enter Our Instagram Contest

Attention tutors! Enter our #READtutorcontest on Instagram! Tell us about your experience as a Read Alliance tutor for a chance to win great prizes. Visit for more info.

03.24.2014 | Category: Calendar | Tags: tutor contest, event

6th Annual Spring Benefit

This year hundreds will gather for Read Alliance’s 6th Annual Spring Benefit on May 8th, 2014. With stunning views of Central Park, guests will enjoy an evening of networking, mingling with children’s authors, meeting our teen tutors, and helping to give the gift of reading.

The event will be held from 6:30 – 8:30 pm in the Park Café of the Time Warner and will feature a silent auction and an emotional appeal. All of the proceeds from the evening will support READ’s Summer and School Year Reading Programs, helping at-risk kindergarten and first grade students build the reading skills necessary for academic and personal success.

For sponsorship and more information visit our event page:

03.18.2014 | Category: Press Releases | Tags:

Schroders partners with READ

Since 2008 Schroder’s New York office has been part of READ’s Adopt a School initiative contributing over $200,000 in support.

Watch this video to learn more:


01.09.2014 | Category: Media Clips | Tags:

Hundreds More New York City Children Given the Gift of Reading

Hundreds of students at three Bronx elementary schools have been given the chance to read, thanks to a grant received by Read Alliance (fka Reading Excellence and Discovery Foundation). The $586,000 gift was granted late last week by the New York Community Trust, through the Brooke Astor Funds for New York City Education.

12.09.2013 | Category: Press Releases | Tags:

Shop and Give the Gift of Reading this Holiday Season

In honor of Giving Tuesday, Out of Print has launched an initiative to donate a portion of their holiday sales to benefit READ. Each time you place an order through their website this month, you can help fund tutors, training and instructional materials for READ's School Year Reading Program.

12.03.2013 | Category: Press Releases | Tags:

Alain and Leah Lebec featured as Wall Street Journal's Donors of the Day

Founding member and Chairman of the Board Alain Lebec and wife Leah are featured as Wall Street Journal's Donors of the Day on March 12, 2013.

11.20.2013 | Category: Media Clips | Tags:

6th Annual Spring Benefit

Thursday, May 8th, 2014 marks the date of our 6th Annual Spring Benefit! Join us for a cocktail reception from 6:30 – 8:30 pm in the magnificent Park Café at Time Warner as we celebrate the success of our students. With stunning views of Central Park guests will enjoy an evening of fun and fellowship while getting the opportunity to meet some of our teen tutors. Come out and learn more about our programs and help us continue to give children the gift of reading.

11.14.2013 | Category: Calendar | Tags:

Visitors Days

10.30.2013 | Category: Calendar | Tags: Visitors Day

Juancito Reads, Johnny Doesn’t

Lavinia Mancuso, Director of Education and Community Relations, recently traveled to Cuba to visit schools and study the extraordinary educational progress of an economically-challenged country. Prior to her work with Read Alliance, Lavinia worked as both a principal, serving bilingual students in East Harlem, and a teacher in New York City public schools for more than 30 years.

08.08.2013 | Category: Press Releases | Tags:

5th Annual Spring Benefit

Mariah Aviles, a tutor at East Harlem Tutorial Program, might have said it best when she told us why she loves her job. “I've been a Read Alliance tutor for a year,” says Mariah, “I love what I do because I think everyone should have a good education and I get to be a part of that. I get to make sure these students succeed.” At Read Alliance’s 5th Annual Spring Benefit held Tuesday, May 14 at The Park Café at Time Warner, guests were able to speak with Mariah and her peers about the incredible impact they make on the students they tutor.

06.14.2013 | Category: Press Releases | Tags:

Successful Conclusion for Summer Reading Program

Read Alliance's Summer Reading Program ended on August 9, successfully serving over 200 students throughout the five boroughs. We provided rising first and second graders with 60 hours of one-to-one tutoring as well as the development of listening, speaking and writing skills. Our one-to-one teen tutoring model in foundational reading skills combats Summer Learning Loss and ensures that students are ready to start first and second grades. This summer, we employed over 130 teen tutors, giving them meaningful work experiences that shape their academic and professional futures.

08.15.2012 | Category: Press Releases | Tags: READ Alliance, reading, Summer Reading Program, students

Tutor Class of 2012 is College-Bound

As students go back to school, Read Alliance tutors embark on exciting adventures at college.

08.15.2012 | Category: Press Releases | Tags: tutors, READ Alliance, reading, literacy, college

School Year Reading Program Up and Running

With her Chemistry 101 and English literature books for her courses at Medgar Evers College in tow, Stephine greeted her Read Alliance Program Manager and proceeded to record the attendance for tutors as they arrived for their mandatory tutor training at Brooklyn Scholars Charter School (BSCS). Stephine was sure to reconfirm the teens' tutoring days, reminding the tutors that they would be expected to report to program on their assigned days until the end of March.

08.15.2012 | Category: Press Releases | Tags:

Rerelease of Board Member Marcia Cantarella's Book

Read Alliance Board Member's book empowers college students with tips and advice from admissions to graduation.

08.01.2012 | Category: Press Releases | Tags: i can finish college, READ Alliance, Board of Directors, reading, literacy, college, marcia cantarella, book release

Stock the Literacy Room Libraries!

Help stock our Literacy Room Library! Purchase one or more of our libraries’ books online, or make a secure online donation to offset the cost of art supplies and Real Books for Real Readers, a student rewards program that provides children with books to bring home.

06.06.2012 | Category: Press Releases | Tags:

The 4th Annual Spring Benefit

We are never too old to stop learning, and learn we did from teen tutor and special guest speaker, Cristal, at The 4th Annual Spring Benefit on May 17th. The New York Public Library proved to be the perfect venue, as more than 140 guests gathered in support of Read Alliance, raising raising nearly $340,000. Teens and parents, educators, corporate sponsors and other key supporters attended the event in celebration of 12 years of outstanding results.

05.30.2012 | Category: Press Releases | Tags:

Scholarship Opportunities for NYC High School Seniors!

The following scholarship opportunities are available for New York City high school seniors. Application deadlines are approaching!

04.17.2012 | Category: Press Releases | Tags:

Closing the Literacy Gap Together

We are honored to announce that Read Alliance is a CharitySub selection this month! CharitySub, a new collective online giving platform, is focusing their efforts on closing the literacy gap during March. To help us tell the story of early literacy, the CharitySub team joined us at Public School 9K in Brooklyn where they filmed our program in action.

03.08.2012 | Category: Press Releases | Tags:

A New Challenge

This month, we proudly announce a new and very special opportunity to share the love of reading offered to us through a challenge grant from the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation. The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation has generously offered to grant Read Alliance $25,000 so that we may improve our technology and ultimately serve our students and their teen tutors even more efficiently. The challenge: Read Alliance must also raise an additional $25,000 to receive the grant.

02.14.2012 | Category: Press Releases | Tags:

How Teen Tutors Make an Impact

These two teens from the Bronx explain what it is really like to be a Read Alliance teen tutor, and how they are making an impact:

01.30.2012 | Category: Press Releases | Tags: Teen Tutors, National Mentoring Month

For the Love of Reading

As an organization that is dedicated to fostering a lifelong love of learning in young children through providing them with foundational reading skills, we like to focus on the positive. So, how do we do it? How do we cultivate a love of reading in young students? We sat down with our experts and came up with three simple tips:

01.25.2012 | Category: Media Clips | Tags: program, tips

Read Alliance Announces New Board Member

Read Alliance proudly announces that its Board of Directors has appointed a new member, Marcia Cantarella, at the beginning of this year.

01.04.2012 | Category: Press Releases | Tags: Board of Directors

The Inside/Outside Envelope Project

"Envelope art is a long-standing tradition in prison art," Explains Phyllis Kornfield (artist, educator, and author of Cellblock Visions), "beautiful envelopes sent to loved ones communicate a deep connection." The Inside/Outside Envelope Project, curated by Kornfield in support of Read Alliance, expands upon the spirit of giving by selling envelope art donated by incarcerated men and women to benefit charity.

01.04.2012 | Category: Press Releases | Tags: event, Inside/Outside Envelope Projec

The Art of Reading Slideshow

This presentation of Read Alliance students' artwork was created for the Leadership Council's 3rd Annual Fall Event, The Art of Reading. Take a look to further understand the powerful relationship between art and literacy.

11.28.2011 | Category: Media Clips | Tags:

The Difference a Job Makes

What makes Read Alliance so special is our vision to prepare two at-risk populations for continued academic and personal accomplishment. Not only do we shrink the achievement gap by providing at-risk students with basic reading skills, but we continue to provide hundreds of teens with meaningful, paid jobs each year. Our teen tutors learn more than the ins and outs of having a job: they get the added benefits of making an impact on a child’s life.

11.21.2011 | Category: Press Releases | Tags: Teen Employment, Teen Tutors

Celebrating Literacy & Arts with the Leadership Council

The Art Of Reading featured a powerful presentation of artwork created by Read Alliance students, an open bar, light hors d’oeuvres, raffle, and a short presentation on the relationship between art and literacy. With 120 guests in attendance and over $14,000 raised, the event was a true success!

11.16.2011 | Category: Press Releases | Tags:

Summer Reading Program Recipient of NYC Department of Ed Book Giveaway

Representatives from the Department of Education will visit Public School 3 in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Tuesday to distribute books to students enrolled in the Read Alliance Summer Reading Program. Read students, primarily from low-income communities in New York City, receive one-to-one tutoring from teenage tutors from their same neighborhoods. The Book Giveaway partnership with the Department of Education provides these students with the opportunity to chose a book, from a selection of age and level-appropriate books, and take it home to begin building their personal libraries.

08.09.2011 | Category: Press Releases | Tags:

Teens Build Professional Network at Build Your Future Career Fair

This summer's Build Your Future program for outstanding teen tutors concluded with one of the program's signature events, the Fourth Annual Build Your Future Career Fair. This year's event was hosted at Hunter College and included presenters from various industries including architecture, marketing, journalism, healthcare, law, urban planning, human resources and education. The Career Fair is the culminating event of the five-week Build Your Future Program.

08.08.2011 | Category: Press Releases | Tags:

Read Announces New Leadership Council Members

As the Leadership Council prepares for an exciting fall, we welcome aboard six new members who have demonstrated commitment and enthusiasm for helping improve the academic trajectory of struggling young readers in New York City. New members will join a dedicated team of professionals that make up the Leadership Council, representing diverse industries including education, finance, marketing, psychology, accounting, consulting, real estate and law.

08.04.2011 | Category: Press Releases | Tags:

Biblio, Inc. launches Round Up For Reading

Independent book marketplace announced today the launch of its charity donor tool, Round Up For Reading. The new feature to its online checkout, Round Up For Reading provides customers with a choice of literacy charities, including READ Alliance, to which they can optionally donate by rounding up their purchase.

07.19.2011 | Category: Media Clips | Tags:

Read Alliance, a model for success in Missouri

Last year, Read brought 86 first-graders in Jackson up to grade-level reading or higher. On the heels of Read's success, there is talk of expanding to other elementary schools this fall.

07.18.2011 | Category: Media Clips | Tags: READ Alliance, model for success

Third Annual Celebration

Eleven year old Tasfia, Read Alliance tutor since 2010, reads her winning essay at our Third Annual Celebration, held May 5th at the New York Public Library - Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. The annual benefit drew more than 150 supporters and raised nearly $300,000.

Read more

05.24.2011 | Category: Press Releases | Tags:

Schroders Investment Management Adopts a School

For the past two years, Schroders Investment Management North America has supported Read Alliance through a corporate sponsorship. This year, they targeted their support, choosing one Bronx school to support. Through the Adopt-A-School initiative, Schroders employees not only helped fund the Read Alliance program at PS5X, they also had the chance to meet their school’s teens and students by volunteering to support tutoring and homework help. They also contributed by helping raise proceeds through a company-wide “Jeans day.”

Learn how your business can partner with Read Alliance and help close the achievement gap.

04.13.2011 | Category: Press Releases | Tags:

Senator Klein and AT&T Celebrate Our Students’ Success

State Senator Jeff Klein (D- Bronx/ Westchester) and President of AT&T New York Hal Lenox attended the READ Alliance Program completion ceremony at P.S. 97.

04.13.2011 | Category: Press Releases | Tags:

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