Y Readers


Y Readers is a free, afterschool academic enrichment program that serves students in kindergarten through third grade who are reading below grade level or at high-risk for falling behind. The program operates as an afterschool program during the academic school year.

The mission of Y Readers is to provide the additional support that students need to be proficient in reading by the end of third grade. Each component of the Y Readers program is designed to help students build foundational reading skills and gain self-confidence.


Savannah Chatham County Public School System


Otis J. Brock, III Elementary

Garden City Elementary

Carrie E. Gould Elementary

Hodge Elementary


Y Readers programming is offered to families at no cost; it is fully funded by donors to the YMCA Annual Campaign, corporate donations, and foundation grants.

We are grateful for the support of our major corporate and foundation funding partners and all those who make the program possible for the kids who need us most.

Georgia Pacific Foundation-Georgia Pacific Gypsum
Gulfstream Aerospace
International Paper Foundation
Kiwanis Club of Skidaway Island
Publix Supermarket Charities
Rotary Club of Skidaway Island

For more program information, please contact Laura Schmarkey, director of outreach programs. Support Y Readers by making a gift here.

Children and YMCA staffer in classroom reading a book