About the Young Leaders Executive Board

Reach Out and Read of Greater New York’s Young Leaders Executive Board aims to engage the next generation of Reach Out and Read volunteers and supporters through the creation of events, a speaker series, and other opportunities to interact directly with Reach Out and Read programs. By cultivating relationships with a new generation of leaders, the Young Leaders raise awareness about Reach Out and Read of Greater New York and garner support for its mission and the thousands of children and families served by its program.

Next Event

Trivia Night

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 7pm
Roger Smith Hotel – 501 Lexington Avenue

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Join our Young Leaders Board for a fun night of trivia in support of children’s literacy! Trivia will be hosted by Quizmaster Noah Tarnow from The Big Quiz Thing with a winner-take-all lightning round for the top three teams. Drink prizes throughout the night, free pizza for all, and, of course, trophies for the winning team.  All proceeds support Reach Out and Read of Greater New York.

Trivia Night!


Past Events

Winter Wine TastingWinter Wine Tasting!

On February 19th, our Young Leaders Executive Board hosted a fantastic Winter Wine Tasting to spread awareness and raise funds to support Reach Out and Read of Greater New York.

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Holiday Bonanza!  Live Music at Tammany Hall

Holiday Bonanza! 12/12/13

On Dec. 12, 2013 guests joined us for a night of live music at Tammany Hall in support of Reach Out and Read of Greater New York, hosted by our Young Leaders Executive Board.

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Each year, we hold meetings and conferences on current topics in the field of early literacy.  Registration is free and open to the public.  Our next conference is…

Growing Healthy Readers


Thursday, October 30, 2014 8:00am – 12:30pm New York, NY

What do children need to thrive in their early years and read proficiently by third grade?

Growing Healthy Readers: Half-Day Literacy Conference brings together educators, researchers and children’s advocates to share strategies that help children reach their academic potential and excel in school and in life.

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In partnership with

Scholastic Inc.                United Way of New York City

Early Literacy Awareness Week


Volunteers from Bank of Tokyo joined us for a Read-a-Thon at the JCC Manhattan

Volunteers from Bank of Tokyo joined us for a Read-a-Thon at the JCC Manhattan during Early Literacy Awareness Week 2014

August 10-16, 2014

Each August, we celebrate Early Literacy Awareness Week in conjunction with National Health Center WeekThis is a time to encourage families to foster a love of reading in our youngest children and prepare them for success in school. Health centers around the region help us celebrate with children’s book readings by special guests to highlight the importance of books in the lives of young children.  


Friday, 8/22, 12pm
Children’s Storytime with City Council Member Ritchie Torres
Montefiore Medical Group, 2532 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10458


Photos from Early Literacy Awareness Week 2014!

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We host literacy events for children and families periodically throughout the year.  Check again soon for updates on future events!

Harlem Read and Romp!

Learn more about our Read and Romp! at Harlem Hospital Center, on May 9, 2014…

2014 Annual Benefit

Click here to visit the full Benefit webpage

2014 Annual Benefit & Auction

Dinner, Award Ceremony & Auction

April 28, 2014, 6pm
Tribeca Rooftop 2 Desbrosses Street, New York, NY 10013

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Auction Chair
Susan Kaufman
Editor, PEOPLE StyleWatch
Board of Directors, Reach Out and Read of Greater New York


Mills-Tannenbaum Award for Children’s Literacy
Todd Parr Children’s Book Author/Illustrator

Reach Out and Read of Greater New York Literacy Champion
Kevin McGeachy Executive Director, Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center

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About Todd Parr Photo courtesy of Jeff FieldingTodd Parr is the author of more than thirty books for children, including the New York Times bestselling The I Love You Book, The Earth Book, and The Thankful Book. He lives in Berkeley, California. For a complete list of Todd’s books and more information, visit toddparr.com. Photo courtesy of Jeff Fielding.
About Susan Kaufman Susan KaufmanSusan Kaufman has been the editor of People StyleWatch since its launch in November 2006. She oversees all aspects of the monthly celebrity fashion and beauty magazine. Susan was named “Editor of the Year” and People StyleWatch landed the #1 position as “Magazine of the Year” in Advertising Age’s 2010 A-List issue. Susan joined People Magazine in 2002 as the magazine’s first ever style director, responsible for all style and fashion coverage in the weekly magazine as well as special issues and all other editorial products developed by the magazine. Susan is on the Board of Directors of Reach Out and Read of Greater New York.
Kevin McGeachyAbout Kevin McGeachy  Kevin McGeachy is responsible for the operations at the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center. Previously, Mr. McGeachy was the Deputy Executive Director for CCMC.

Mr. McGeachy has assumed several progressively responsible roles within the Health System during the past 15 years. Prior to coming to CCMC, Mr. McGeachy was the Associate Executive Director at North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset, responsible for a variety of clinical and ancillary support departments and major facility construction projects. He began his career at North Shore – Long Island Jewish Health System in 1998 as part of an internal consulting group charged with examining integration opportunities among the various entities of the health system.

Before joining the Health System, Mr. McGeachy served as the Director of Health Policy for the Nassau Suffolk Hospital Council, an advocacy group representing the Hospitals on Long Island. In addition, he began his career at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in a variety of positions within the Division of Ambulatory Care.

Mr. McGeachy holds an MBA from Baruch College/Mount Sinai School of Medicine and received his bachelor’s degree from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University program in health administration. He is also a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on the Board of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island.

About the Mills-Tannenbaum Award for Children’s Literacy – Founded by Gary Tannenbaum and Helen Mills, long-time advocates of children’s literacy in New York and dedicated supporters of the Reach Out and Read early literacy program, the award recognizes children’s book authors dedicated to promoting a lifelong love of reading in young children.  Learn about the 2013  Mills Tannenbaum Award Recipient, Robie H. Harris.

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