In honor of the 2017 MLK Day of Service, our 1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway office will be closed. We will be with our volunteers for the MLK Day of Service at our Book Bank location

Registration for the Philadelphia READS Reading Olympics is now full!
Wait-listing has begun for all teams registered after 12/11.


If you have any questions please email readingolympics@philareads.com.

Our Mission:

The mission of Philadelphia READS is to “raise a city of readers” through quality out of school time programs focused to get children and youth to read on or above grade level by grade 4. We are a proud partner with the “READ! By 4” Campaign.

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What We Do

In 1997, Philadelphia hosted the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future. The summit aimed to “turn the tide for America’s youth,” with a particular focus on those who were not provided a fair start due to the ills associated with poverty and struggling school districts.

This was the catalyst for the expansion of the “America Reads Challenge” to spread across our nation with states as far as California to Massachusetts in participation.

The goal of the America Reads Challenge was to enlist an army of reading tutors to provide the one-on-one attention necessary for children to “catch up and get ahead,” with an objective of reading on grade-level by the end of third grade.

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Notable Volunteers


Name: Mayra Troendle

Company: Ballard Spahr LLP

About:Mayra is fluent in English and Spanish and has made it possible for children learning English as a Second Language to participate wholly in our Power Partners program at Ballard Spahr.  With her warm, welcoming attitude, Mayra quickly engages the child in what she calls “Spanglish” and has them reading and speaking before you know it!  In addition to mentoring students, Mayra handles all the administrative logistics of running the program for our firm – she’s a great organizer and is very committed to the program and its students

Strengths: Calm, caring, great organizer, and is bilingual.


Name: Michelle Shewchuk

Company: The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

About: Michelle always comes prepared with lesson plans for her student. She takes her tutor time very seriously and is extremely investing in the advancement of her student’s education. She always lends a helping hand to prepare for the students to arrive and has been a real champion for our Power Partners Program.

Strengths: always prepared, helpful, good with kids, caring, true leader


Name: Linda Webster

Company: The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

About: Linda organized a book drive for our Power Partner Program during the holidays. She spearheaded the effort to get the whole IS department involved. We were able to collect over 350 books and have now created a “Philadelphia Reads Library” for our students. The students love being able to pick new books each week. Without Linda’s leadership our program would not be as successful as it is.

Strengths: strong leadership skills, self-starter, caring, kind, generous, selfless

PHILADELPHIA READS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and registered with Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations, no. 39122. If you are a resident of the United States,  your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Our registered business address is 1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Suite 201, Philadelphia, PA 19103.