Readers Are Leaders



Children reading to children — that’s what makes Readers Are Leaders special. Readers Are Leaders is a vital peer mentoring program that matches older students with younger ones. The pairs meet for one-to-one reading during the lunch and recess hour.  Older students learn and model good leadership skills, while their young partners explore the world of reading and learning for fun.
Readers Are Leaders partners, from Kindergarten through fifth grade, are from the same Title I public school. Once a week, the reading partners eat lunch and enjoy books together. Both students benefit from the extra reading time in their week, and reading skills inevitably improve.


List of participating Readers Are Leaders schools.


"Seeing her become more confident and her love of reading increase has been such a joy to watch."
"It's mostly fun to read and watch her become such a confident reader and learn to love reading as much as I do. She is one of my best friends."
"When an adult helps a child, it tells that child how special they are. We send a message to the child- you are important to me- that is powerful and undeniable."
"It's a fantastic program, and I think the mentors get as much, if not more, than the student. You meet wonderful kids and have lots of fun."
"When I read, I learn and grow-- you know, like Jack and the Beanstalk kind of growing and that's really big!"
"I wish Everybody Wins was everyday!"