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The JCY-Westchester Community Partner’s mission is to enhance the educational experience of children in Westchester County through effective learning initiatives and the engagement of volunteer mentors.
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SMART

(Students and Mature Adults Read Together)

SMART is a volunteer mentoring-tutoring program that provides one-to-one tutoring to improve literacy skills in our youth.


  • Started in 1996, SMART now has grown to more than 200 volunteers.
  • Flexible times during the school day with a minimum of only one hour per week.
  • SMART provides all the training and support you will need. We do not require teaching experience.

SMART volunteers are helping kids improve their basic reading and academic skills. Our method is simple: we give them individual attention and lots of encouragement.


SMART is a model intergenerational literacy program that utilizes the largely untapped resources of our older adults to benefit the youth of  Westchester. Adults use the skills, knowledge, and insight gained over many years, and through diverse experiences, to tutor and mentor students who are reading below grade level. Such mentoring relationships have been proven to stimulate students’ academic interest and commitment, and to foster socially responsible behavior. Through the establishment of a nurturing relationship, and with the guidance of a positive role model, success within and outside of school is more attainable for these students.

SMART creates an environment that fosters achievement and creates a pattern of success and independence throughout life. This intergenerational literacy program, which began in Yonkers Public Schools, March 7, 1996, has expanded from one high school to over 20 elementary schools throughout Westchester.. More than 250 volunteer mentors tutor over 500 students who need extra help with their reading. Evaluations by the Yonkers Public Schools have documented the quantitative as well as the qualitative success of SMART. 

SMART is a model intergenerational literacy program that utilizes the largely untapped resources of our older adults to benefit the youth of  Westchester. Adults use the skills, knowledge, and insight gained over many years, and through diverse experiences, to tutor and mentor students who are reading below grade level. Such mentoring relationships have been proven to stimulate students’ academic interest and commitment, and to foster socially responsible behavior. Through the establishment of a nurturing relationship, and with the guidance of a positive role model, success within and outside of school is more attainable for these students.

SMART creates an environment that fosters achievement and creates a pattern of success and independence throughout life. This intergenerational literacy program, which began in Yonkers Public Schools, March 7, 1996, has expanded from one high school to over 20 elementary schools throughout Westchester.. More than 250 volunteer mentors tutor over 500 students who need extra help with their reading. Evaluations by the Yonkers Public Schools have documented the quantitative as well as the qualitative success of SMART. 

SMART is a model intergenerational literacy program that utilizes the largely untapped resources of our older adults to benefit the youth of  Westchester. Adults use the skills, knowledge, and insight gained over many years, and through diverse experiences, to tutor and mentor students who are reading below grade level. Such mentoring relationships have been proven to stimulate students’ academic interest and commitment, and to foster socially responsible behavior. Through the establishment of a nurturing relationship, and with the guidance of a positive role model, success within and outside of school is more attainable for these students.

SMART creates an environment that fosters achievement and creates a pattern of success and independence throughout life. This intergenerational literacy program, which began in Yonkers Public Schools, March 7, 1996, has expanded from one high school to over 20 elementary schools throughout Westchester.. More than 250 volunteer mentors tutor over 500 students who need extra help with their reading. Evaluations by the Yonkers Public Schools have documented the quantitative as well as the qualitative success of SMART.