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 Change Lives Through Literacy


Our Vision: To Eradicate the illiteracy epidemic in NYC and the Biblical illiteracy that plagues the next generation.

Urban Hope is currently recruiting Volunteers to work in our Public Schools in Staten Island, where our children in K- 2 grades, are struggling the most and reading below their grade levels, starting in

March - June 2022!

If you are a College Student who is studying to become a Teacher, a Retired Professional who would like to be a Tutor, or an Individual that has the time, skills and heart to be a Mentor, please sign up today!!

The Need for Literacy Tutoring & Mentoring

Principal Louis Bruschi

Volunteer Testimonials

Anthony Wilson
Audrey Jackson
Terrance Van Excel

As a Volunteer Tutor & Mentor, you will be assisting the kids of Staten Island, with their education requirements and with their social development.  We would like to have enough volunteers, so that volunteers and students are on a 1:1 or 1:2 ratio. The children thrive, when individuals give them guidance and instruction, through the personal attention and engagement.

As an In- Person Tutor, you would be tutoring the children around their free time (most likely their lunch period), at least once a week, per child.  Literacy Materials are provided to the schools, so Volunteers will have access to beautiful, nonfiction leveled books / readers, phonics charts and practice sheets that reinforce what the student is already learning in their schools. (For ex: letter recognition, phonics, special sounds, sight words, word families, etc.).  We encourage that both the student and the volunteer read to each other and work together on the practice sheets. No teaching experience is required and advance preparation is not necessary, just a willing heart who wants to help and make a positive difference.  Training is provided for the Volunteers.

Volunteers have the joy of knowing that their time is being used to invest in the lives of children, who will have more of a likelihood of growing up to be teens that will graduate High School and become responsible young adults who move on to College and/or have employable skills to work.  Volunteers, who are College Students, may also be hired or be given references by the very schools they work in, upon their graduation.

*All Volunteers must follow DOE Visitor Policy, show proof of vaccination and wear masks on school premises.  Volunteers must also go through a background check and possibly be fingerprinted.

Urban Hope Literacy Collective

We find it unbearable that a child's fate could be decided in 2nd grade. The statistics are clear and tragic. If a child is not reading at grade level by 3rd grade, it is extremely difficult to escape the trajectory towards criminality and/or poverty. 85% of the juvenile offenders of our city are illiterate. Literacy mentoring from K-2nd grade can stop this downward spiral.

We choose to take a stand against

the illiteracy epidemic. 

We are Changing Lives

We have over 60 volunteers from 21 churches that serve (K) Kindergarten through to 2nd graders in four of the most under-resourced schools in Staten Island. 


Students who engaged in our literacy initiative have advanced an average of 3.4 reading levels and are all reading at grade level! 

What our kids, volunteers, and
teachers are saying

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Smiling Kids

Josiah, 2nd Grade,

P.S. 18

It's always fun! I learn something new every time I read with my volunteer

Smiling Grandma

Jayne, P.S. 18

My student looks forward to our time together and his reading level and comprehension have greatly improved. It's a joy for me to participate in helping enrich these children's lives.


Andres, 2nd Grade,

P.S. 18

The Volunteers help me become a better reader. They make me sound out new words.

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