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Albuquerque Reads empowers kindergarten students to be literate, lifelong learners through a supportive community of tutors and mentors.


We are a partnership between the Albuquerque Public Schools and the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce. The backbone of our program is our army of volunteer tutors that meet with the students weekly.


We support parents and teachers by providing one-to-one literacy tutoring for underprivileged kindergarten students three times per week. Each of the three weekly sessions is 30 minutes long and is structured by our site coordinators to parallel and reinforce what is being taught in the classroom. The one-to-one structure of the program allows each tutor to tailor the tutoring session to meet the specific needs of each student.


Albuquerque Reads is the chief program of the Career Guidance Institute (CGI), a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation. CGI was established in 1984 by the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce (GACC) in response to the business community’s desire to help shape education reform in the city and state. CGI’s mission is to work alongside the Albuquerque Public School (APS) system in creating programs that serve our children where the need is greatest. GACC believes that a sound education system is the key to a community’s economic vitality.

Through the vision of GACC President and CEO, Terri Cole, and the late Lead APS Superintendent, Joseph M. Vigil, a dynamic partnership was struck between the GACC and APS. Modeled after a program in Ohio called Ohio Reads, the design team at Bel-Air Elementary School customized a program that fit the children’s needs while aligning with New Mexico educational standards. The creation of the ABQ Reads curriculum was led by Sally Giannini, a 30-year teacher, and Lynda Idle, former Bel-Air Principal and a 17-year educator. In 2003 the first class of kindergartners experienced the ABQ Reads program.


Becoming a tutor is as easy as three simple steps:

1. Register. Go to the “Register Now” button on our homepage. Follow the steps to create an account. You’ll sign-up for a training session as well as choose a school and day of the week to tutor. Keep your username and password for future login use.

2. Go to the Albuquerque Public Schools website and process a background check. There is a small fee to process the background check, and it takes about two weeks to get a clearance letter in your email inbox. Please print and bring a copy of your clearance letter to your training session and all future tutoring sessions. Here is the link:

3. Attend the training session you signed up for and meet your site coordinator.


“I don’t think there’s anything like volunteering [with Reads]. You get as much satisfaction out of it as the kids do.”

- Deb Doxtater, Site Coordinator, Wherry Elementary


“My favorite memory as a tutor was working with a little girl who struggled with her reading skills until about February. At that point, things started to click for her and she made remarkable progress by the end of the school year!”

- Pat Dee, 13-year tutor and ABQ Reads Chairman


“It is wonderful that our kindergarten students get the opportunity to work and read one-on-one with a volunteer. I am excited for the relationships the students will build with their tutors over the course of the year.”

- Chris McQuary, Kindergarten Teacher, Bel-Air Elementary


“I have a passion for reading and appreciate the opportunity to be a tutor. Being able to see my students learn and develop their talents is wonderful. Seeing their progress and excitement as they build their skills and confidence, and knowing the core skill of reading is key in their education and achieving great success, making tutoring a very rewarding experience."

- Christina Jay, tutor


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