Penn Reading Initiative

Penn Reading Initiative (PRI) is a student-run organization supported by the Netter Centers’ University-Assisted Community Schools (UACS) program. It was developed through a partnership between the Netter Center and the Penn Linguistics Lab. Using a 1:1 tutoring-based partnership model, the program is designed to link Penn undergraduate and graduate students with students from elementary schools in West Philadelphia. Penn tutors are carefully trained to mentor and support students in grades two and three, working to improve their reading skills and cultivate their passion for learning through a research-based curriculum with a track record of success. PRI uses The Reading Road curriculum in conjunction with classroom learning activities to enhance students’ reading experiences and excitement for in-depth phonetics understanding and reading comprehension.

boys reads a book

Elementary School Student Playing Reading Games

Learn more about The Reading Road curriculum and how to get involved! 


Contact:; Andrew Faulstich,