ReadingPals offers volunteers an opportunity to build meaningful relationships with children in VPK and kindergarten while helping them improve their social-emotional development and early literacy skills.


What is ReadingPals?

ReadingPals is a statewide early literacy initiative that provides volunteer mentors for students in voluntary prekindergarten (VPK) and kindergarten who may need extra help, utilizing one-on-one or small group settings. ReadingPals is managed by The Children’s Movement of Florida and administered through 17 United Ways -- with the help of numerous community partners across the state.  

Why ReadingPals?

45% of children in Florida are not prepared when they enter kindergarten and 43% of Florida students cannot read at a minimally proficient level by the end of third grade. Additionally, studies show that children with mentors are more confident and have fewer behavioral problems. Early intervention and individualized attention gives students the best likelihood of success. ReadingPals addresses these challenges through mentorship, early literacy, and social-emotional development. 



It's easy to be a ReadingPal.

All ReadingPals volunteers undergo a quick background check and training.  Then, you will choose the opportunity that best fits your schedule:

  • In Person ReadingPals visit a local school to read with their student.  All books, activities, and materials are provided.  

Each week, or two weeks, you will set aside 30 or 60 minutes to read with your ReadingPal.  If you are volunteering as an individual, you will read with the same student, or group of students, each week. For those volunteering as part of a team, your organization will cover a group of young readers in a local classroom or after-school program. 

How do I become a ReadingPal?

Are you interested in becoming a ReadingPal?  That's great! Simply fill out the form below and we will contact you with the next steps.

Do you have questions or would you like more information about the ReadingPals program?  Contact our Program Coordinator, Briley Kennedy, at 850.812.3387 or

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