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About America Reads

America Reads is a national program that started in 1996 by the Clinton Administration with the goal of ensuring all children can read independently by third grade. Congress approved Federal Work Study funding to support achieving this initiate. Since the program's original conception, the scope has spread to include fostering student's mathematical proficiency and now tutors students through 8th grade.

America Reads tutors earn $14.00 per hour for the 2021-2022 year and can work up to 10 hours per week. Students can also be paid up to 30 minutes travel time each day they tutor. Students must commit to at least two quarters of participation. All participating sites are located 1.5 - 3 miles from campus. There are presently 11 partner locations throughout Evanston. Click here to view public transportation information to sites.

Students should like working with children and previous experience working with elementary children. Students must also demonstrate a commitment to working in racially, ethnically, and economically diverse school communities throughout Evanston and be motivated, dependable, and commit to engaging in a tutoring and mentoring capacity to students. Background checks and fingerprint requirements may be necessary as well as the required employment documents for hiring and payroll.