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Reading Buddies with Henry Street Settlement at PS 20 M


Reading Buddies with Henry Street Settlement at PS 20 M

Henry Street Settlement opens doors of opportunity for Lower East Side residents and other New Yorkers through social services, arts, and health care programs.

They are currently seeking volunteers for their Reading Buddies program at PS 20 M. These volunteers will commit to work with elementary school children on Thursday once a month for 2 hours in order to support social emotional learning, literacy skills, and positive self-esteem.

- Attend a one-time orientation in September 2017, includes finger printing and background check
-Come once a month to group gatherings for 2 hours on Thursdays from 3:30PM-5:30PM
-Work and support children ages 6-11 in a group setting with a focus on literacy, self-esteem, and fun!
-Participate in monthly check-ins with School Based Mental Health staff before and after groups meets
-Meet, interact with, play with, read to, bond with, and mentor a young person

PS 20 M Library
166 Essex Street
New York, NY 10001

One Thursday a month from October - June, from 3:30PM-5:30PM on the following dates:

- October 12
- November 19
- December 14
- January 11
- February 8
- March 8
- April 12
- May 10
- June 14

If you are interested in this opportunity, please reach out to Laron Tolliver via email at or by phone at (212) 766-9200.

*This is not a New York Cares project*


Henry Street Settlement's School Based Mental Health Clinics (SBMHC), located in ten Lower East Side public schools, aims to eliminate barriers that prevent children and families from seeking mental health care by providing services on-site in schools, and collaborating with educational professionals who spend extended time with students on a daily basis. Students are referred to the program by school faculty. The SBMHC programs operate at PS 20, PS 140, PS 142, PS 134, Orchard Collegiate Academy (formerly known as HSSIS), University Neighborhood Middle School and Manhattan Charter II.