The ASU America Reads Program provides families with educational resources to engage their K-8 children at home and matches children from low-income communities with an ASU student as their tutor/mentor.
The America Reads Challenge was initiated by President Clinton in 1996 and is a comprehensive, nationwide effort to create in-school, after-school, weekend, and summer tutoring programs in reading. Working to support the efforts of teachers and parents, this Challenge calls on all Americans to form a “citizen army” of volunteer tutors to ensure that every child can read independently by the end of the third grade. The government implements Federal Work-Study funds to staff the America Reads Challenge at universities with college-student tutor/mentors.
The America Reads Program at ASU provides educational resources for families and also partners with local community organizations and Title I schools to provide tutoring and mentoring programs for underserved youth.