Literacy/Education Programs for Youth

America Reads! At Fred Cone Park Eastside Recreation Center
Contact Person: Herman Smith
Street Address: 2841 E. University Avenue Gainesville, Florida 32641
Telephone: (352) 334-2714
Email Address: smithhh@cityofgainesville.org
Web Address: www.cityofgainesville.org/tabid/168/Default.aspx
Type of literacy services available: Homework help, Tutoring
Learning Environment: One-on-one, Group
Age Group: Elementary, Middle
Cost: Free if child is on reduced lunch; if not, $3 per day
Time of Day: Afternoon
Geographical Area: Gainesville - East
Description of Program: Tutoring in reading as well as homework help from University of Florida students.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Mid-Florida
Contact Person: Ada Del-Gais
Street Address: 1155 NW 13th Street Gainesville, Florida 32601
Telephone: (352) 375- 2525
Email Address: ada@bbbsmidflorida.org
Web Address: www.bbbsmidflorida.org/
Type of literacy services available: Homework help, Mentoring, Tutoring
Learning Environment: One-on-one tutoring sessions
Age Group: Tutoring for ages 6 to 18; Mentoring for ages 5 to 14
Cost: Free
Time of Day: Tutoring times vary, 4:00 to 6:00pm
Geographical Area: Gainesville and surrounding counties
Description of Program: One-on-one tutoring and mentoring by adult community members. Call for schedule details.

Boys and Girls Club of Alachua County Northwest
Contact Person: Laura Javidi
Street Address: 2700 NW 51st Street Gainesville, Florida 32606
Telephone: (352) 372-5342
Email Address: info@myboysandgirlsclub.com
Web Address: www.myboysandgirlsclub.com
Type of literacy services available: Homework help, tutoring
Learning Environment: Group
Age Group: Elementary, Middle, Teen
Cost: Fee (membership required)
Time of Day: Grades K-5: Monday-Friday 3:00-3:45 p.m.; Grades 6-8: Monday-Friday 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Geographical Area: Gainesville - Northwest
Description of Program: Homework and help and tutoring.

Boys and Girls Club of Alachua County Rotary Mentor Center
Contact Person: Kayla Lee
Street Address: 1100 SE 17th Drive Gainesville, Florida 32641
Telephone: (352) 244-5044
Email Address: klee@myboysandgirlsclub.com
Web Address: myboysandgirlsclub.com
Type of literacy services available: Homework help, Mentoring, Tutoring
Learning Environment: One-on-one, Group
Age Group: “Kids Count” program for K-3rd, serving teens starting January 2013
Cost: Fee (membership required)
Time of Day: Afternoon 2 to 6 p.m.
Geographical Area: Gainesville - Southeast
Description of Program: FCAT boot camp, computer literacy, UF student tutors available.

Boys and Girls Club of Alachua County Woodland Park Unit
Contact Person: Kayla Lee
Street Address: 331 SE 20th Place Gainesville, Florida 32641
Telephone: (352) 377-8003
Email Address: klee@myboysandgirlsclub.com
Web Address: www.myboysandgirlsclub.com    
Type of literacy services available: Homework help, Tutoring
Learning Environment: One-on-one, Group
Age Group: Elementary, Middle, Teen
Cost: Fee (membership required)
Time of Day: Afternoon
Geographical Area: Gainesville - Southeast
Description of Program: Project Learn, grammar help, UF student tutors available.

Community Praise Center, Inc.
Contact Person: Shirley Watts
Street Address: 309 NE 39th Ave. Gainesville, Florida 32609
Telephone: (352) 372-8200
Email Address: pastorshirleyw@aol.com
Type of literacy services available: Tutoring, FCAT prep, reading, math
Learning Environment: Classroom
Age Group: Elementary, Middle
Cost: Free
Time of Day: Afternoon
Geographical Area: Gainesville - Northeast
Description of Program: Tutoring for all ages.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Gainesville Alumnae Chapter
Contact Person: Tyron Butler
Street Address: P.O. Box 12245 Gainesville, Florida 32604
Telephone: (352) 339-3977
Email Address: gacdst@gmail.com
Web Address: www.gacdst.org/
Type of literacy services available: Mentoring
Learning Environment: Group
Age Group: Middle school and high school girls through age 18
Cost: Free
Time of Day: Evening
Geographical Area: Gainesville
Description of Program: This group meets monthly to discuss topics such as: science, computer training, etiquette, public speaking, productions of science/play dialogue and self-esteem.

Faith Tabernacle of Praise Ministries, Inc.
Contact Person: Dr. Bonnie Mitchell
Street Address: 5505 SW 63rd Blvd. Gainesville, Florida 32608
Telephone: (352)-336-0907
Email Address: ftpm81@aol.com
Web Address: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Faith-Tabernacle-of-Praise-Ministries/106234436100606
Type of literacy services available: Tutoring, FCAT prep, SAT prep
Learning Environment: One-on-one
Age Group: Grades 3-12
Cost: Free
Time of Day: Call to schedule appointment
Geographical Area: Gainesville - Southwest
Description of Program: Provides homework assistance to at-risk students and helps them prepare for standardized tests.

First Lutheran Church Open Arms Pre-K School
Contact Person: Angie Burr
Street Address: 1823 NW 5th Avenue Gainesville, Florida 32603
Telephone: (352) 373-5856
Email Address: amburrx2@yahoo.com
Web Address: www.openarmscdc.org
Type of literacy services available: Voluntary pre-K classes for preschool-aged children
Learning Environment: Classroom
Age Group: Children aged 19 months through pre-K (year-round)
Cost: Free
Time of Day: Monday-Friday 7:00am -5:45pm
Geographical Area: Gainesville – Northwest
Description of Program: VPK classes offered; classes include introduction to phonemes, syllables, rhyme, etc.; focus on emergent literacy; facilities include a library with listening center and a computer lab.

Marvelous Explorations through Science and Stories (MESS)
Contact Person: Ann Crowell
Street Address: 3600 NE 15th Street Gainesville, Florida 32609
Telephone: (352) 955-6875
Email Address: crowelma@gm.sbac.edu
Web Address: www.flmnh.ufl.edu/educators/resources/mess-early-childhood/
Type of literacy services available: Integration of reading, science concepts and literature
Learning Environment: Classroom
Age Group: Ages 3 to 4
Cost: Free
Time of Day: 7:30-2:15 on school days
Geographical Area: Alachua County
Description of Program: Part of the Head Start program, occurs in Head Start classes, program combines learning of science and literacy, children receive books on science topics.

Micanopy Tutoring, A Program of the Friends of the Micanopy Library
Contact Person: Sally Stein
Address: 706 NE Cholokka Blvd., Micanopy, FL 32667
Telephone: 352-466-0419
Email Address: mceetutoring@gmail.com
Web Address: none
Type of services available: Homework help, tutoring, mentoring
Learning Environment: One on one, small group
Age Group: K-12th grades
Cost: Free to Alachua County children on Free or Reduced Price lunch
Time of Day: after school until homework is finished and understood or 6:30 pm
Geographical Area: Southern Alachua County
Description of Program:  Tutoring, homework help provided to Free or Reduced Price lunch students who are doing poorly in school when accepted into the program and can attend regularly.

Northeast Community Center
Contact Person: Diane Latson
Street Address: 1700 NE 8th Avenue Gainesville, Florida 32641
Telephone: (352) 334-2185
Web Address: http://www.cityofgainesville.org/tabid/168/Default.aspx
Type of literacy services available: Homework help
Learning Environment: Group
Age Group: Elementary, Middle
Cost: Free
Time of Day: Afternoon
Geographical Area: Gainesville - Northeast
Description of Program: Homework help.

Pace Center for Girls
Contact Person: Natalya Bannister
Street Address: 1010 SE 4th Avenue Gainesville, Florida 32601
Telephone: (352) 374-8799
Email Address: natalya.bannister@pacecenter.org
Web Address: www.pacecenter.org
Type of literacy services available: Day school services provided, plus intensive reading and tutoring
Learning Environment: One-on-one, classroom, group
Age Group: 11-17 (6th-12th grades)
Cost: Free
Time of Day: 8:15-2:36 (school hours)
Geographical Area: Gainesville
Description of Program: Non-profit day school that provides intensive prevention/intervention academic and social services in a small, supportive environment just for girls!

Porters Community Center
Contact Person: Kenneth Ross
Street Address: 512 SW 2nd Terrace Gainesville, Florida 32601
Telephone: (352) 334-3366
Web Address: http://www.cityofgainesville.org/tabid/168/Default.aspx
Type of literacy services available: Homework help
Learning Environment: Group
Age Group: Elementary, Middle
Cost: Free
Time of Day: Afternoon
Geographical Area: Gainesville - Southwest
Description of Program: Homework help.

Project YouthBuild AmeriCorps
Contact Person: Rachel Gillis
Branch Street Address: 408 West University Ave., Suite 112 Gainesville FL 32601
Telephone: 352-213-0566
Email Address: rgillis@iwionline.org
Branch Web Address: iwionline.org         
Learning Environment: Group setting
Age Group: 16-24
Cost: Free
Time of Day: Day time hours 8:30am-4:00pm
Geographical Area: Alachua County and surrounding areas
Description of Program: GED/ Construction Certification Program

Queen of Peace Catholic Church
Contact Person: Amy Barber
Street Address: 10900 SW 24th Ave., Gainesville, Florida 32607
Telephone: (352) 332-6279
Type of literacy services available: Tutoring
Learning Environment: Group
Age Group: Elementary
Cost: Free
Time of Day: Evening
Geographical Area: Gainesville - Northwest
Description of Program: Assistance with meeting educational goals.

Rockin’ Reader Program
Contact Person: Liz Stark
Street Address: 1725 SE 1st Ave. Gainesville, Florida 32601
Telephone: (352) 955-6760
Email Address: starkef@gm.sbac.edu
Web Address: www.sbac.edu/pages/ACPS/Departments_Programs/DepartmentsLZ/Volunteer___Business_Partnersh/Rockin__Reader_Program
Type of literacy services available: Reading
Learning Environment: Classroom, One-on-one
Age Group: K-2
Cost: Free
Time of Day: Regular school hours
Geographical Area: Alachua County
Description of Program: Volunteers spend an hour each week reading with students ages 4 to 6.

Rosa B. Williams Community Center
Contact Person: Kelly Babin
Street Address: 524 NW 1st St. Gainesville, Florida 32601
Telephone: (352) 334-2193
Web Address: http://www.cityofgainesville.org/tabid/168/Default.aspx
Type of literacy services available: Homework help
Learning Environment: Group
Age Group: Elementary, Middle
Cost: Free
Time of Day: Afternoon
Geographical Area: Gainesville - Northwest
Description of Program: Homework help

Springhill Missionary Baptist Church
Contact Person: Marjorie Watson-Thomas
Street Address: 120 SE Williston Road, Gainesville, Florida 32641
Telephone: (352) 240-6190
Email Address: marjoriemwatson@aol.com
Type of literacy services available: Tutoring
Learning Environment: Classroom
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: Free
Time of Day: Evenings
Geographical Area: Gainesville - Southeast
Description of Program: Assistance with meeting educational goals.

Success by 6
Contact Person: Karen Flevin
Street Address: 6301 NW 1st Place Gainesville, Florida 32607
Telephone: (352) 331-2800
Email Address: kslevin@unitedwayncfl.org
Web Address: www.unitedwayncfl.org/success-6
Type of literacy services available: Tutoring, Mentoring
Learning Environment: One-on-one, Group
Age Group: Children ages 1 to 6
Cost: Free
Time of Day: Program schedules vary
Geographical Area: Alachua County
Description of Program: Several programs of comprehensive services ensure that children are ready to learn upon entering 1st grade.

SWAG Family Resource Center
Program Name: After School Enrichment Program
Contact Person: Amanda Elliott
Street Address: 807 SW 64 Terrace, Gainesville, FL 32607        
Telephone: 352-505-6823
Email Address: amanda.elliott@pfsf.org
Web Address: http://www.pfsf.org/resource-centers/swag-family-resource-center/
Type of literacy services available: After School Enrichment Program
Learning Environment: Group setting
Age Group Served: Elementary school youth
Time of Day: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 2-3:30pm, Wednesday 1-2:30pm
Age Group Served: Middle and High School Youth
Time of Day: Monday - Thursday 3:30-5:00pm
Cost: Free
Geographical Area: SW Gainesville
Description of Program: Volunteers assist students with completing their homework.

Tot Time – Harn Museum of Art
Contact Person: Bonnie Bernau
Street Address: SW 34th Street and Hull Road
Telephone: (352) 392-9826, ext. 2112
Email Address: bbernau@harn.ufl.edu        
Web Address: www.harn.ufl.edu/education/about_our_programs.php   
Type of literacy services available: Parents and children look and talk about art as well as create it
Learning Environment: Group
Age Group: Pre-K children ages 2 to 5 with their parents or an accompanying adult
Cost: Free, must pre-register
Time of Day: Please see calendar; usually first Friday of each month at 11:00am and last Tuesday of each month at 3:30pm.
Geographical Area: Alachua County
Description of Program: Teaching young children to read by exposure to words and books; interactive tours of the museum using age appropriate books; goal is to improve literacy while instilling a life-long love of art in children; visit website for more information.

UF Literacy Initiative Program
Contact Person: Dr. Holly Lane
Email Address: hlane@ufl.edu
Type of literacy services available: implements programs with 1st and 2nd graders who are having trouble reading
Age Group: 1st and 2nd grade
Cost: Free
Geographical Area: Alachua County

Upward Bound – Santa Fe Community College
Contact Person: Kendra Riley
Street Address: 3000 NW 83rd Street Building I-40
Telephone: (352) 395- 5793
Email Address: Kendra.riley@sfcollege.edu
Web Address: www.sfcollege.edu/student/upwardbound/
Type of literacy services available: Homework help, Tutoring
Learning Environment: One-on-one, Classroom
Age Group: Students at Newberry High School and Bradford High School
Cost: Free
Time of Day: Morning, Afternoon
Geographical Area: Alachua County and Bradford County
Description of Program: Supplemental instruction; academic assessment; ensuring college readiness skills in reading and writing; preparation for FCAT and college entrance exams.

Westside Community Center (Albert “Ray” Massey)
Contact Person: Shannon Kelher
Street Address: 1001 NW 34th St. Gainesville, Florida 32605
Telephone: (352) 334-2821
Web Address: http://www.cityofgainesville.org/tabid/168/Default.aspx
Type of literacy services available: Homework help
Learning Environment: Group
Age Group: Elementary, Middle
Cost: City Residents*: $3.30 Non-City Residents: $5.00 Scholarships available to eligible families.  Must qualify through School Board of Alachua County (SBAC) for free or reduced lunch. 
Time of Day: Afternoons
Geographical Area:

  • Albert "Ray" Massey Recreation Center
    1001 NW 34th Street
  • Eastside Community Center
    2841 E University Avenue
  • Clarence R. Kelly Community Center
    1701 NE 8th Avenue
  • Porters Community Center
    512 SW 2nd Terrace

Description of Program: Homework help

Wilhelmina Johnson Community Center
Contact Person: Diane Latson
Street Address: 1700 NE 8th Avenue Gainesville, Florida 32641
Telephone: (352) 334-2181
Type of literacy services available: Homework help
Learning Environment: Group
Age Group: Elementary, Middle
Cost: Free
Time of Day: Afternoon
Geographical Area: Gainesville - Northeast
Description of Program: Homework help

Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Program - FloridaWorks
Contact: WIA Youth Department
Street Address: 4800 SW 13th Street, Gainesville, FL 32608
Telephone: 352-244-5130
Email Address: youth@floridaworksonline.com
Web Address: www.floridaworksonline.com
Type of literacy services available: Career planning, support services and assistance with GED class/test payment for eligible youth enrolled.
Learning Environment: N/A
Age Group: Ages 16-21
Cost: Free
Time of Day: N/A
Geographical Area: Alachua and Bradford Counties
Description of Program: A job preparation program for youth between ages 16 and 21 who have barriers to education or employment such as basic skills deficiency, high school dropout, criminal history, poverty, etc.

WUFT Educational Outreach
Contact Person: Sandy Wagner
Street Address: 1200B Weimer Hall, University of Florida Gainesville, Florida 32611
Telephone: (352) 392-5551, ext. 1134
Email Address: slwagner@wuft.org
Web Address: www.wuft.org
Type of literacy services available: “Martha Speaks” program for social and emotional development.
Learning Environment: Family literacy programs
Age Group: Families and children
Cost: Free
Time of Day: Schedule varies
Geographical Area: Alachua, Marion, Dixie, Levee, Gilchrist
Description of Program: STEM programs, literacy programs, “buddy” programs