YMCA of Greater Charlotte

Y Readers History & Mission

Mission and HistoryY Readers is a nationally recognized literacy program that serves students in grades K-3 who are reading below grade level. The program operates as a six-week summer camp as well as an afterschool program. The purpose of Y Readers is to provide the additional support that students need to be proficient in reading by the end of third grade. This is accomplished through a focus on improving students' literacy skills and self-confidence in the classroom.

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The YMCA of Greater Charlotte partnered with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in the summer of 1999 to launch a six-week literacy and enrichment camp. Originally named Project Starfish, the program served just 40 students at Reid Park Elementary. Y Readers now serves over 700 students each year in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Lincoln County Schools, and Mooresville Graded School District.

YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) adopted Y Readers as a National Signature Program for Summer Learning in 2012. The program's model was piloted in five cities in 2012 and 29 cities in 2013. The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, lists Y Readers as a national “Bright Spot” for summer learning.

The Y is committed to helping all children discover and live their true potential. By combining an engaging curriculum with enthusiastic teachers and volunteers, Y Readers gives students the skills and confidence they need to read on grade level.
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The Y For EducationFor more information about Y Readers, contact Amanda Wilkinson, Sr. Program Director of School Age Initiatives: awilkinson@ymcacharlotte.org, 704 716 6307.


YMCA Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.