The South Jamaica Reads Program

Designed to foster a new culture of reading in an impoverished, academically struggling community in Queens, South Jamaica Reads knits together and expands a continuum of literacy services for children from birth to fifth grade. With the help of local businesses, health providers and the library system, ten Pinkerton-funded organizations working together have produced very promising results. In 2015, Pinkerton’s board voted to expand the program to a similarly distressed neighborhood in East New York, Brooklyn.