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Read-to-Excel Mentoring Program

Read-to-Excel Mentoring Program

“Read to Excel” falls under the direction of Lungile and Nkazi Sinanadile, but is planned and executed by a group of Albuquerque Academy students. This vital program provides both academic support as well as mentorship for IRRVA student participants. Each class includes personal and/or small group instruction by a large number of dedicated volunteers from Albuquerque Academy, with each session including practice in speaking English, reading, writing, and math, as well as assistance with homework. Snacks are provided for students at each session. Social/recreational events are also planned for the IRRVA students by the Read-to-Excel tutors, and are offered at regular intervals throughout the school year. This weekly program meets on Saturdays, 2-4pm.  

History of Read to Excel

In 2013, IRRVA partnered with Albuquerque Academy Half the Sky Club and tutors from POWER NM. Originally the volunteers provided tutoring to a family of 5. Later, in October of 2013, IRRVA secured space from La Mesa Presbyterian Church. Most of these youth were identified by the co-founders of IRRVA to be reading way below level. The volunteers provide one-on-one and group support in literacy skills.  All kids are welcomed regardless of country of origin or ethnicity, religion or ability. 

Molly Murphy, IRRVA Education Director


"It always gives me great pleasure to be surrounded by the beautiful children of our land. Whenever I am with energetic young people such as yourselves I feel like a recharged battery, confident that our country can look forward to great things. You are the future of this country – you are the people who will lead us into the next century. (23 April 1997)

The children who sleep in the streets, reduced to begging to make a living, are a testimony to an unfinished job. The families who live in shacks with no running water, sanitation and electricity are a reminder that the past continues to haunt the present.

Nelson Mandela - July 28, 1996

Our children are the rock on which our future will be built, our greatest asset as a nation.They will be the leaders of our country, the creators of our national wealth who care for and protect our people.

Nelson Mandela - June 3, 1995

Our children are our future and one of the basic responsibilities is to care for them in the best and most compassionate manner possible.

Nelson Mandela - Nov 7, 2003

Africa is renowned for its beauty, its natural heritage and prolific resources – but equally, the image of its suffering children haunts the conscience of our Continent and the world.

Nelson Mandela - Aug 2, 1996

Our children are our greatest treasure. They are our future. Those who abuse them tear at the fabric of our society and weaken our nation. 

Nelson Mandela - Nov 22, 1997

The children must, at last, play in the open void, no longer tortured by the pangs of hunger or ravaged by the disease or threatened with the scourge of ignorance, molestation and abuse, and no longer required to engage in deeds whose gravity exceeds the demands of their tender years."

Nelson Mandela - Dec 10, 1993

One of the way we can build a better future for our children is by empowering them through allowing them to speak up for themselves. Of course, we as adults have to guide them and to take the ultimate responsibility but that is something quite different from patronizing them. The rights of children must, importantly, include the right to be themselves and to talk for themselves.

Nelson Mandela-November 2003

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