In pupils, the reading-based mentoring of Read Ahead builds the social-emotional skills required for academic and lifetime achievement. Read Ahead has collaborated with volunteer mentors in New York City. We partner with grade school students for one-on-one lunchtime reading-based mentoring sessions. And we have been doing this since 1991. Our students develop confidence and other social and emotional skills. These are critical for learning over the over 19,000 lunch hours spent each year in Read Ahead.