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Volunteer for Read Ahead

Join us as a volunteer with Read Ahead, and help light a fire in the life of a child! Read Ahead ignites a love of reading in young students through mentoring, improving their confidence as well as their odds for success in school and life.

Read Ahead invites Columbia faculty, staff, and students to become volunteer mentors in our reading-based mentoring program. Volunteers are paired with students at an elementary school near Columbia to mentor and read one-on-one with the same student for the duration of the child’s school year.  Columbia has been partnering with Read Ahead (formerly Everybody Wins!/Power Lunch) for 17 years with mentors at PS 36 and PS 125 (both schools at 123rd & Amsterdam Ave).

Want to learn more?  Attend one of the information / recruitment / training sessions:

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

11:30am – 12:30pm or 12:40pm – 1:40pm

Lerner Hall, Room 555

If you’re a returning volunteer, you do not need to attend the information / recruitment sessions.

Light refreshments will be provided.

You must RSVP by Monday, September 19th in order to attend any of these sessions. 

RSVP: (When responding, please indicate which session you will be attending).

Read Ahead is an independent organization, and is not an affiliate of Columbia University.  To contact the Foundation directly, please visit their web site at, or

Interested in other volunteer activities, or seeking information on Constitution Day, Voting Resources, etc.?  Then visit the website of Office of Government and Community Affairs for periodic updates.

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