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Everybody Wins!

Everybody Wins! is a lunchtime literacy mentoring program that strives to build literacy skills and a love of reading in elementary school students. This program pairs second and third grade students with volunteers from local companies and organizations to share lunch, conversation, and good books. These consistent, one-on-one experiences increase a child’s opportunity for success, both academically and in life.

Throughout the year, the students look forward to spending time with their Reading Buddies and benefit from the encouragement of a caring adult and opportunity to read stories together, while mentors enjoy sharing their love of books with their student. Formal evaluations have demonstrated that Everybody Wins! is one of the very few programs to effectively impact low-income students in reading comprehension, motivation, and achievement, as well as overall academic performance, classroom behavior, self-confidence, and social skills. 
This year, we have matched nearly 221 students at Pittsburgh Faison in Homewood, Pittsburgh King in the North Side, Pittsburgh Phillips in the South Side, and Pittsburgh Weil in the Hill District with volunteer reading mentors! 
Interested in learning more about this unique opportunity? Visit our volunteers page!