Youth Literacy Mentoring is a comprehensive education based program designed to address the literacy gap among students K – 6 who cannot read at grade level.

Youth Literacy Mentoring partners with schools and community organizations to provide partnership development, program management, and implementation funding.


Literacy Mentoring in Action

There’s a city-wide initiative to help Philadelphia students read at grade level. The Uncommon Individual Foundation is among dozens of organizations working with students to promote reading skills. Our Literacy Mentoring Program works with 1-thousand students in 8 schools across Philadelphia.

Curriculum for Educators

The Foundation provides a professional development plan for educators to further develop students’ literacy and comprehension skills using iReady and small group intervention. Alternatively, our mentors can coach students at your school. The Literacy Mentoring Program is currently offered in various elementary schools across the Greater Philadelphia region. Find out how your school can become a partner.

Resources for Parents

We encourage parents and family members to read with their kids at least once a day. Here is a list of free resources to support children with literacy and comprehension. You’ll find recommendations on how to do your homework, as well as engaging exercises and academic games.

Miss Montana's Reading Room

The numbers

At UIF we love to keep track of everything we do, so it’s only fair we share some of the good we are doing within our community. Since 2019, our Literacy mentors have helped more than 1,500 student read at grade level. Check out our latest stats for 2021.

Students who completed the Literacy Mentoring Curriculum increased their:

  • reading proficiency by at least one grade level–97%
  • reading proficiency by more than 2 grade levels–17%

students mentored in literacy

school partners in Philadelphia

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The Team

Meet the team of Literacy Mentos who work with students across Philadelphia.

Montana Tamny

Montana Tamny

Assistant Director, Literacy Mentoring

Montana is a graduate of Elizabethtown College and University of Maryland’s social work programs. After serving with the United States Peace Corps in Costa Rica, she taught at-risk youth in Baltimore and Camden schools for five years before joining UIF. Montana is excited to bring a teacher’s perspective to the Literacy Mentoring program and increase her impact by reaching students and staff across multiple schools in Philadelphia. Montana is completing her MA in Education Administration.

Jazmine Champ

Jazmine Champ

Coordinator, Literacy Mentoring

Jazmine is passionate about bridging the literacy gap and assisting kids in developing their talents and skills. Jazmine earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from West Chester University and a Master of Science in Education Law from Nova Southeastern University. She is now pursuing a Doctorate in Public Policy with a concentration on Education Policy at Liberty University. Her high school and college instructors encouraged her to achieve her maximum potential, and she considers it her life’s mission to mentor it forward.