YMCA of Greater St. Louis


YMCA of Greater St. Louis

YMCA Community Literacy


Unlock the power of literacy

YMCA Community Literacy is committed to nurturing the potential of everyone in our community, especially those who struggle with reading, writing, and English language skills. Y Literacy provides supportive and enriching experiences for the youth and adults in our programs. The volunteer tutors we match with our students are positive role models determined to help their students grow. We are very proud of our programs and appreciate those who support us. For more information contact Y Literacy at 314.776.7102.

Chat with Y Literacy

Join us on the third Monday of the month at Alpha Brewing Co. (1409 Washington Ave Rear, St. Louis MO 63103) for a fun discussion of literacy related topics.

July 21, 2014 - Discussion on Maya Angelou and her contributions to American literature.

August 18, 2014 - From "leaning in" to the "confidence gap", much is being written about women on the job, in the classroom and at home.

September 15 - Banned books

October 20 - To Be Announced

November 17 - Brews for Books

December 15 - To Be Announced

Partnering for Youth Development

Pete tutors Courtlen in reading through a collaboration between Mentor St. Louis and YRead.  Since retiring from a rewarding US Military career, Pete committed to ‘paying-back’ his community.

When he was paired with Courtlen, a fourth grade student in St. Louis Public Schools, he said, “I never expected the events and interaction would be so personally exciting and rewarding.  Now, I look forward to time and activities with Courtlen.”

Since they started working on reading together six months ago, Courtlen has already increased his word recognition skills by a grade level and vocabulary skills by two grade levels.  Pete attributes this to Courtlen “surrendering (his) reluctance to read, exploring new words, and understanding of … words“.

“My experience with Courlen has been unexpectedly rewarding. I look forward to more time (with) Courtlen. I am more excited about these programs for supporting our youth than I expected.”

Thank you Pete, Courtlen and Mentor St. Louis for showing what can happen in youth literacy in St. Louis when we work together!

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