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Community Engagement Programs: America Reads

America Reads

Work-Study that makes a difference!

America Reads is a national program initiated in 1996 by President Clinton with the goal of ensuring that all children can read independently by the end of third grade. The ASU America Reads Program offers tutoring and mentoring programs staffed by paid students (through Federal Work-Study), as well as unpaid University Service-Learning students. America Reads tutors work with children one-on-one at partner community centers and schools.

The term “at-risk” describes children who live in low-income areas and are more likely to drop out of high school. Tutors work with children in grades K-8 and create fun, hands-on activities that meet the academic needs of the individual child and assist with homework, reading, and math.

Paid positions are available only to students awarded Federal Work-Study funds.

  • Positions start at $13.00/hour, with opportunities for promotion
  • Both graduate & undergraduate students are eligible
  • No experience necessary — training provided
  • Transportation from Tempe campus available
  • Afternoon shifts available, Mon-Thu
  • Morning shifts available during summer
  • See How to Apply

If you do not qualify for work study, you can earn 3-credits by enrolling in a University Service-Learning course and selecting America Reads as your service internship (or choose from many other types of community service). Relevant academic coursework helps you learn from your service experience.

January of this year, I lost my husband, and I am so happy I signed my son up for this program. He has improved in his academics and his communication with his peers. You all have encouraged him to make friends. You guys are in our prayers. A big thanks!”

– Willie's mom, America Reads parent

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America Reads
Arizona State University

106 Farmer (ED)
Tempe campus
(480) 965-2259 - voice
(480) 727-7065 – fax

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