Effective Date: July 2, 2018
The America Reads Challenge Federal Work-Study program is a strong example of how students both give to and receive from the community. The program promotes access to college by helping students finance post-secondary education costs while offering these same students the opportunity to pursue community service.
“America Reads” is a program promoted by the federal government to use university Federal Work Study (FWS) students as reading tutors to help children improve reading skills.
Prior tutorial experience is not required. It is, however, very important that the FWS reading tutors have adequate reading skills. Every effort is made to work around the students’ class schedules when assigning tutoring matches.
The America Reads program hires enough qualified students to meet the literacy needs of our community partner health center sites. Students have a rewarding, community-based option through which to earn their federal work-study award.
After filing your FAFSA, you must be awarded Federal Work-study in order to apply to be an America Reads Work-study Tutor.
Students interested in being an America Reads Tutor and who do not have work-study may volunteer as an America Reads Volunteer Tutor.
Tutoring is done at our Beaverton Health Center, Mt Olivet community health center, PCC Workforce community health center and our Rose Haven community health center. Days and shift times vary and will be discussed at interview.
- Tutors work directly with children in community health center waiting areas to improve their reading proficiency skills.
- Tutors perform one-on-one work with individual children or small group of children.
- Tutors will collaborate with the America Reads/Counts supervisor to assess site needs and how to best address them.
- Tutors are expected to be positive role models inside and outside of the health centers and be professional in their work place behavior-- this means showing up to your shifts on time and making the proper contacts when they expect to be sick.