Read Ahead’s Books & Beyond Virtual Gala 2021

Show your support of NYC students by contributing to Read Ahead's Books & Beyond Virtual Gala, taking place on Wednesday, June 9th!

Read Ahead’s annual gala raises critical funds to serve the students in our program, and recognizes and celebrates the community of supporters who help make our vision a reality.

Since 1991, Read Ahead has connected public elementary school students with caring mentors from leading corporate and community partners. During weekly Read Ahead sessions, our volunteer mentors form meaningful relationships with their mentees, and help children to grow their literacy skills, confidence, love of reading, and other skills essential for success. Over 98% of teachers would recommend Read Ahead to a colleague.

For the 2020-21 school year, Read Ahead has developed a completely virtual program to continue to provide weekly one-on-one support to children who need it most. With new technology platforms and an educator-designed curriculum, Read Ahead matches children with supportive mentors for fun, live program sessions that build connection, confidence, literacy skills, and more.

Your donation to Read Ahead's Books & Beyond Virtual Gala will make another year of Read Ahead possible for 750 NYC public elementary school students.

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