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Very Involved 
Parents Volunteer Program (VIPS)

The Very Involved Parent Program (VIP) mission is to equip our caregivers with simple literacy tools to take a greater role in shaping the future of our young readers while volunteering at LINC’s reading programs in their communities

Hear Leisa Blair's story of becoming a role model to her children and her community. 
Listen to Deon Daniels describe how LINC’s virtual workshops helped her family during COVID-19 shutdowns:

What is a VIP?

It’s a highly active caregiver or individual who takes leadership in the community to advocate for the children’s growth and academic success through LINC’s programs to create a literacy-rich environment at home or in the community.

With every graduating class of VIPs, LINC looks for new ways to honor our VIPs for their dedication and commitment to our mission. In 2022, we launched a video interview series - VIP Voices - in which we highlight the experiences of seven influential literacy advocates.

VIP Voices


VIP Workshop Series

Our VIP series consists of three sessions where participants learn literacy skills such as The Think Aloud strategy and the five fingers rule, they also learn the importance of reading and the ways they can immerse themselves in engaging read-alouds and tabling events.

See upcoming workshop dates below:

Upcoming VIP Workshops

East New York

May 15, 16, and 17, 2024

Time TBA

Location TBA


May 29, 30, and 31, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Location TBA

East Harlem

November 14, 21, and 28, 2023

11:00 AM

158 East 115 St


March 20, 21, and 22, 2024

9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

2400 Marion Ave

South Jamaica

April 9, 10, and 11, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Location TBA

Upper Manhattan

February 7, 8, and 9, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

390 Fort Washington Ave

Staten Island

March 5, 7, and 12, 2024

10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Location TBA

Contact Us

Ready to get involved? Got a question for our VIP team? Reach out by emailing us at
Check out Gladys Gomez discussing her involvement her children's lives while making reading fun.
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