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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 meets twice a week for six weeks in the Yonkers Riverfront Library and once a week at the Mount Vernon Public Library. Children work with our volunteers on their assigned summer reading projects while their parents attend workshops on life skills offered through partner organizations.

Summer Reading Buddies grew again this summer. Over 1,000 children came to the Yonkers Riverfront and Mount Vernon Libraries during our six week program, where over 200 volunteers helped them complete their Summer Reading assignments.


The program was a success at both locations and is highly anticipated every year as evidenced by the long lines of parents and children waiting for us to open every morning.