partners for literacy
literacy + math programs


The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan's literacy and math tutoring programs have a lasting impact on our community. To join our team of over 400 volunteers each year, please click here to download an application.



Academic Tutors + Classroom Assistants
Volunteers provide individual or small group tutoring and/or assist classroom teachers at various points throughout the school day.

Lunchtime Reading + Math Buddies
Volunteers work one-on-one with an elementary school student to complete classwork, read, or play math games for a minimum of one session each week during the school year. Volunteers can choose to stay for more than one lunch period to work with children from multiple grades.

Great Leaps Partners
Volunteers help middle school students two or more times a week, using a fluency program known as Great Leaps. The JCC reading specialist provides training and matches tutors with children for daily 15 minute one-on-one sessions. Volunteers generally work with several students consecutively each time they work at the school, e.g., with three students, each for 15 minutes.

Please note: Tutors in our school-day programs must be fingerprinted by the Department of Education prior to volunteering.



Gift of Literacy Program
Volunteers tutor second-grade students struggling to meet reading standards. Volunteer tutors receive on-site supervision by Director of Literacy and Math Programs and Reading Specialist Judy Gross, who gives a phonics-based lesson to both tutors and students and provides lesson plans to guide the volunteers in their work with individual students during each session.

Gift of Math Program
This early-intervention afterschool program matches students one-on-one with volunteers who follow specific lesson plans and receive supervision and support from the JCC’s onsite math specialist. Students chosen for the program are second-graders who perform significantly below grade level.

Graduate Program for Literacy, Math + Homework Help
Graduates of our Gift of Literacy and Gift of Math Programs, now in third, fourth, and fifth grades, enhance their understanding of text, develop basic writing skills, hone their math skills, and complete their homework with support from tutors. Lessons are presented and materials are distributed by a public school teacher retained by the JCC.

Evening Tutoring
Based in the community center of a NYCHA (New York City Housing Authority) facility, volunteers ages 15 and up are trained to work one-on-one in tutor-friendly literacy programs for children in third, fourth, or fifth grade, or may work one-on-one or with a small group of high school students who would benefit from homework help, writing and studying tips, and specific help in New York State Regents exam subjects (English, U.S. history, global history, algebra, geometry, or trigonometry).

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