REAL SuperMENtors Read Program


Apply to become a SuperMENtor!

What is the Real SuperMentors Read Program?

Real SuperMentors Read is a mentoring program in which men from the Houston community commit one hour of their time to read, once a month. The program is a part of the ongoing HCDE Head Start Significant Male Initiative formed in 2002 to encourage male involvement throughout the HCDE Head Start centers.

How does it work?

The program works by recruiting, selecting and assigning mentors to each school. Mentors commit to at least one hour, once a month between October and May to read to students. During the month of May children celebrate their SuperMentor.

What is the purpose?

The program’s purpose is reinforced in its four principles:

  1. Reading is fun.
  2. Joint reading positively impacts children learning to read.
  3. Literacy knowledge and skills lay the foundation for reading and writing.
  4. Community involvement matters.

Who volunteers?

SuperMENtor volunteers come from a multitude of business and community members from across the greater Houston area. Additionally, through our corporate sponsors, participating students receive a copy of the book read to them each month to grow a home library.

When are the reading dates?

Reading dates are each second Thursday of each month beginning in October through May. Each school site will work with their mentor as needed for scheduling reading dates.

Three easy steps to become a SuperMENtor:

Step 1: Download the “REAL SuperMENtors Read” application (includes background check* and school site preference).

Step 2: Complete and email your application to; or mail:

HCDE Head Start
Harris County Department of Education
6300 Irvington Blvd.
Houston, TX 77022
Attention: Armando Rodriguez

Step 3: Once you become an official REAL SuperMENtors Read volunteer, you will be contacted to confirm school site and date of orientation.

For more information on the REAL SuperMENtors Read program at HCDE Head Start, please contact: Armando Rodriguez at (713) 696-2179 or via e-mail at

*Criminal background check will be included in your application per HCDE Board of Trustees policy.