Education & Leadership


The YMCA READS! Program provides free tutoring to students at Warfield Elementary School in Indiantown.

Our program is focused on providing service to the community and impacting the lives of students. The YMCA Reads! Program is staffed by volunteer student and adult reading tutors. Y READS! is an initiative of the Florida State Alliance of YMCAs to improve reading abilities among kindergarten through third grade students in low-income areas.

Program Design:
Students are chosen for participation by using i-Ready scores and prior academic performance. Final selection is based on the recommendations of the school principal, teacher and reading specialist. Confirmed participants will receive no-cost child care through the YMCA After School Care Program, and two hour-long tutoring sessions per week.

The After School KidzLit Curriculum Guide is used to teach the character-building exercises for Y READS! The SIPPS (Systematic Instruction in Phoneme Awareness, Phonics and Sight Words) curriculum is used to guide learning. Additional activities may be designed, but all curriculum will be secular, neutral and non-ideological in nature, as specified in grant guidelines.

Desired Results:
The program goals are to increase the number of students scoring higher on the Florida Standard Assessments (FSA) by the third grade and increase scores on the i-Ready Assessment. Secondary outcomes include reducing the number of behavior referrals and suspensions, improving school attendance,attitude toward school, homework and classwork abilities and overall behaviors regarding healthy lifestyle choices.

Success Indicators:
97 percent of students have shown improvements in i-Ready assessments, 100 percent of parents surveyed indicate improved self-esteem in reading, and school- issued behavior referrals decreased 75 percent since the program’s inception.

For further information about this unique program or to volunteer, please contact our YMCA READS! Director Brett Quinlin at 772-260-7191 or email him at