Today is January 25, 2020 -


To teach a child is to touch the future

Since 1999,  Jewish Coalition for Literacy(JCL) participants from all over the community have learned firsthand how reading can bring people together. Through the program, sponsored by the Community Relations Department, more than two hundred reading coaches – middle school, high school, and college students as well as adults and senior citizens – work with inner-city students in kindergarten through third grade on reading skill development. Each of the younger students from the Albany, Schenectady, and Troy school districts has been identified as reading below grade level.

This program provides one-on-one committed volunteer reading coaches to address the increasing challenge of reading competence for the youngest students in inner-city schools.

The reading coaches generally volunteer one hour a week with students who have reading needs, are reading below grade level, or need encouragement in life while helping promote the love of reading.

The Books for Kids program provides free books for the students to read and share with their families. The reading coaches serve as a supportive role model demonstrating a love of reading and imprinting a positive attitude on their students.

The goal is to help build self-confidence and a love of reading, while assisting students to address the frustrations of reading at the primary level.

Participants are treated to annual Kick-off and end of year Thank You Events.

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Jewish Coalition for Literacy Program from Jewish Federation of NENY on Vimeo.

If you are interested in learning more about the program or becoming a volunteer, please contact Robyn Easton, Literacy Director at the Jewish Federation, 518-783-7800, ext 231.

Thank you to all of our Volunteers!!

Coaches Comments

“The friendliness and enthusiasm these kids exude every week have made it a true pleasure for me as a Literacy volunteer. There is no doubt that I get as much, if not more, out of our weekly meetings as the children.” – Eric D. Bieber, Literacy volunteer

“I like teaching Jason new words, a love of reading, and giving him books to bring home to read with his parents.” – Dona Wildove, Literacy volunteer

“My students just love their literacy volunteers. They provide that one-on-one attention that as a classroom teacher, I cannot provide. My students benefit by getting extra practice with their reading skills so they can be more successful readers. “ – Susan Fowler, 2nd Grade Teacher, Delaware Community School, Albany


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