Reading Tutor

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Thousands of children need extra help to read at grade level. Take action as a tutor because kids who are strong readers by the end of 3rd grade are positioned to be strong learners for the rest of their lives. 

As a Reading Tutor, you’ll be placed at a local school where you’ll help students in kindergarten through third grade to become better readers. Every day, you’ll meet with students one-on-one or in pairs to provide extra practice and build skills. 

With training and on-site coaching, we’ll prepare you to help kids succeed. Students make the most progress when you are there, so our tutors serve during school hours and are needed for the entire school year. We are currently recruiting tutors for the 2023-24 school year, with the option of beginning in August, October, or January.  

This is an AmeriCorps member position with Reading Corps and you’ll be joining a team of nearly 2,000 tutors nationwide. Together, we’re on a mission because kids who read have the power to succeed! 

What to Expect

  • Use proven strategies to help students build their skills and confidence.  
  • Collaborate with coaches to monitor student progress and see what’s working. 
  • Conduct skill assessments and enter student scores into data management software. 
  • Respond to feedback and commit to continuous improvement through coaching, training and professional development. 
  • Represent Reading Corps at school-sponsored activities and share your experience with the wider community to help build awareness. 

Perks Package

Serve as a tutor and receive a scalable perks package based on your time commitment of 35 or 25 hours per week. 

35 hours/week perks: 

  • A stipend of $900 paid every 2 weeks
    • $18,900 total for 1200 hours of service starting in August 2023 
  • Up to $4,826 for tuition or student loans*
    • $4,826 total for members beginning their service in August 2023 
  • Federal student loan forbearance and interest repayment 
  • Individual health insurance — Monthly premium 100% covered 
  • Child care assistance — Based on family size and income 

25 hours/week perks: 

  • A stipend of $650 paid every 2 weeks
    • $13,650 total for 900 hours of service starting in August 2023 
  • Up to $3,447 for tuition or student loans*
    • $3,447 total for members beginning their service in August 2023 
  • Federal student loan forbearance and interest repayment 

*The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award can be used to pay tuition or repay qualified student loans. Individuals 55+ at the start of their service term may gift their award to their child, grandchild, foster child, or stepchild. 

What it Takes

Reading Corps takes ordinary people and trains them to be great tutors. Anyone can become a tutor as long as they have a passion to take action for kids – and meet the following minimum qualifications.  

By the time they begin their service, our tutors are: 

  • Dependable and have a history of good attendance 
  • Able to understand and follow instructions 
  • Open to making improvements based on feedback 
  • Capable of setting a pace and maintaining a schedule with students 
  • Competent with basic computer skills (like email and navigating online) 
  • Fluent in English for speaking, reading, and writing  
  • 18 years of age or older with a high school diploma or equivalent 
  • A citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident of the United States* 
  • Able to successfully complete a background check 

*Applicants who have received deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are not eligible to serve as AmeriCorps members at this time

Want to Learn More?

Watch this 2-minute video and get a glimpse of what it’s like to be a tutor! Or click here to view the position description. 

About our Organization

Reading Corps is powered by AmeriCorps members who serve as tutors. Since the program launched in 2003, Reading Corps has helped more than 300,000 children improve their skills and become stronger readers. Rigorous third-party evaluation has consistently shown that students who have Reading Corps make greater gains. What’s more — kids with traditional risk factors make even more progress than their peers. Building on success in Minnesota, Reading Corps is replicated nationally in 12 states, the District of Columbia, and is still growing! 

Reading Corps is an Ampact educational program that is fueled by research from the National Science + Service Collaborative. As a national organization, Ampact demonstrates the power of national service to solve complex social problems by creating innovative programs that focus on the key areas of education, environmental stewardship, and healthy futures for communities. These programs include Reading Corps, Math Corps, Early Learning Corps, Climate Impact Corps, Heading Home Corps, Language Corps, Public Health Corps, Recovery Corps and Resettlement Corps.  

Ampact will not discriminate for or against any AmeriCorps service member or applicant on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital or parental status, familial status, military service, or any other category protected by law. Reasonable accommodations provided upon request.  

This document is available in alternative formats. 

To search for and apply for a Reading Tutor opportunity at a school site near you, visit or click HERE.

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