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A partnership between
Albuquerque Public Schools and
the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce

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.



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