Mentor to make

a difference

How many childhoods does each person get in one life span? Early childhood intervention provides us ONE chance to impact a child’s love for reading. Did you know that 47% of Florida students cannot read at a minimally proficient level by the end of third grade? ReadingPals, a statewide volunteer-based literacy initiative, bridges the gap between community impact and education. Volunteers have the opportunity to mentor students from Pre-K through 3rd* grade for one hour a week for 25 weeks to read to a child.

We hope to achieve:

  • To build genuine, impactful relationships between students and our volunteer mentors
  • To help students build strong social-emotional foundation through self awareness, self management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making
  • To improve students' understanding of the fundamental building blocks of early literacy

ReadingPals is a statewide program designed by the Children's Movement of Florida. You can join this statewide program (learn more here) and over 2,000 volunteers involved by clicking the link below. 

*First and Second Grade follows the ReadingPals Statewide Program

United Way of Broward County's ReadingPals

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elementary students have been served since inception


books have been distributed over the past eight years


since 2012 over 1,900 volunteers have donated over 39,000 hours of reading instruction

Featured Success Story


“My parents always read to me as a child,” said Terry. “I never really thought about the impact it had until I was much older, but now I am happy to do the same for other children.”

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Terry ReadingPals


A Special Thank You to our Community Partners:


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