KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Barbara Bush has been known to read children's books to Maine kids, but her next mission is to get them reading together.
In a press conference Thursday afternoon, members of the Barbara Bush Foundation announced the expansion of the Teen Trendsetters program.
It's a mentoring program that already exists in several other states. The Bush Foundation will be bringing it to 20 Maine school districts this fall, with a goal of reaching 800 students.
High School volunteers are paired with elementary school mentees, who are at least six months behind in reading levels.
The foundation provides 15 science-based books for the pair to read together, meeting once a week.
In other states, the Teen Trendsetters program has shown an average of one grade level improvement in reading for a mentee after one year.
Interested schools can apply by visiting barbarabush.org.
The deadline to apply is July 7th.