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YMCA Community Literacy

The Y is committed to nurturing the potential of everyone in our community.

To that end, we offer tutoring programs for youth and adults who struggle with reading, writing and English language skills. Our programs provide enriching and supportive educational experiences to the participants. While our programs are based on the unique needs of our students and tutors, they all have one thing in common: the people. Our volunteers, donors and staff are all dedicated to helping others learn, grow and thrive.

Volunteer with Y Literacy

The Y is committed every day to social responsibility – helping people better their lives.  Improving literacy skills not only affects the individual, but it will improve the lives of their families for generations to come.  Volunteer opportunities range from office assistant and board member to reading tutor, instructor or literacy advocate. Click here to see how you can volunteer. Download our New Tutor Packet from the link on the left side of this page to take the first step in changing someone's life by helping them learn to read.

We also provide regular training for new tutors. Our upcoming tutor training is:

  • Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 9am to 3pm

Our office is located at:

Historic Carondelet YMCA
600 Loughborough Ave. St. Louis, MO  63111

Programs offered include:

YRead – Free one-on-one reading tutoring to help children and teens become more confident readers.

Literacy Council – Free one-on-one and small group basic literacy and English language tutoring to help adults reach their potential.

Beginning Babies with Books – Parent education workshops and book distributions to help parents build at-home libraries for their children and become more confident in their parenting skills.

Learning Labs – Cooperative small group instruction in reading or math, so youth can strengthen their skills and build connections with others.

Science Gone Mad - Engages middle school students in 12-week STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) units.  Students improve their science and math skills while working in cooperative groups to solve everyday problems.  

YMCA Community Literacy encourages you to attend any of our upcoming events in 2015.

2015 YMCA Literacy Calendar:  

  • January 31 – Tutor Training:  9am-3pm at the Historic Carondelet YMCA, 600 Loughborough Ave. 63111
  • February 26 – African American Read-In:  5pm-7pm at the Monsanto Family YMCA, 5555 Page Blvd. 63112
  • March 28 – Tutor Training:  9am-3pm at the Historic Carondelet YMCA, 600 Loughborough Ave. 63111
  • April 18 – Volunteer Appreciation Ice Cream Social:  Game Show Theme 2pm-4pm at the Historic Carondelet YMCA, 600 Loughborough Ave. 63111 
  • April 24 – Science Expo:  ​ 4pm-6pm at the Historic Carondelet YMCA, 600 Loughborough Ave. 63111 
  • May 14 – Read Between the Wines:  5:30pm-8pm Location TBD
  • May 30 – Tutor Training:  9am-3pm at the Historic Carondelet YMCA, 600 Loughborough Ave. 63111 
  • July 25 – Tutor Training:  9am-3pm at the Historic Carondelet YMCA, 600 Loughborough Ave. 63111 
  • August 10 – 20 – Book Fair:  Kennedy Recreation Complex, 6050 Wells Road  63128
  • September 26 – Tutor Training:  9am-3pm at the Historic Carondelet YMCA, 600 Loughborough Ave. 63111 
  • November 14 – Tutor Training:  9am-3pm at the Historic Carondelet YMCA, 600 Loughborough Ave. 63111 

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