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About Detroit’s Program

In 2012, Read to a Child’s Detroit program began operating at Bow Elementary School to address the growing concerns regarding 3rd grade literacy in Metro Detroit elementary schools. After a successful test market launch, the Region has grown to support 4 schools in Detroit and Pontiac, delivering over 2500 one on one Read Aloud Mentoring Sessions since its inception.  Although we have made significant impact on the success of the students served, 3rd grade reading competency is still an area of concern for Michigan children, particularly in underserved communities.

Read to a Child Detroit is committed to building capacity which will allow us to expand our platform for community collaboration with the purpose of spreading the joy of reading to support literacy growth for children in grades K-4.  We are proud to support volunteer readers from a vast array of corporations, community organizations and civic institutions including Detroit Renaissance Lions Club, DTE Energy, FCA Automobiles, Fleishman Hillard, Level One Bank, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Quicken Loans, Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and many more.  The program is continuing to seek additional partners to expand its programming options.

Volunteer Today

++ Are you familiar with the Read Aloud Mentoring Program?

++ Can you commit 30 minutes once a week for 30 weeks (or biweekly if you have a reading partner)? Applications are accepted on a rolling basis in order to provide a mentor to wait-listed students.

++ Are you in close proximity to one of our school partner locations?

NOTE FALL 2020: We are preparing to offer the option of adapted virtual programming. Check back in soon for an update or contact us at infodetroit@readtoachild.org. 


(313) 451-3048

Mailing Address:

1528 Woodward, Suite 400 Detroit, MI 48226