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About America Reads

America Reads is a national program started in 1996 by the Clinton Administration with the goal of ensuring that all children can read independently by third grade. In 1997, Congress approved Federal Work-Study funding to support this initiative. The program's scope has since expanded to include fostering student's mathematical proficiency and now includes students through eighth grade. 

America Reads tutors earn $14.25 per hour for the 2022-2023 academic year and can work up to 20 hours per week inclusive of up to 30 minutes of travel time (e.g bike, public transit , etc.) each day they tutor. Students must commit to at least two quarters of participation. 

 America Reads tutors work in local schools, after-school programs, or community centers throughout Evanston. There are currently 11 partner locations, and all sites are located about 1-3 miles from Northwestern's Evanston campus. Partner sites will provide any necessary training and materials to tutors and bear all costs necessary to prepare the tutor for work.