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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.

Summer Reading Buddies

Summer Reading Buddies is a 6-week program for the entire family held at Yonkers Riverfront Library twice per week and once per week at the Ossining Library. Volunteers from local communities read with the children one-on-one or in small groups.
Summer Reading Buddies also offers:
  • A group story time for pre-school  children and model-reading for the parents.
  • Help to school-age students to complete summer reading assignments to avoid the loss of literacy skills during the summer months commonly referred to as “summer slide.”
  • Parent workshops to provide resources for parents on how to foster literacy and other skills.
  • And Science Buddies through a partnership with Con Edison provides STEM activities each week.




“It gives the child motivation to want to read and confidence.”

“The children become interested in reading when they see all the other kids reading and all the options to read”