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America Reads Tutoring Program



America Reads pairs work-study eligible college students with 2-4 elementary school students in a school for literacy tutoring and help with small groups in classrooms. Tutors receive substantial initial training and ongoing support to tutor struggling students in reading and writing. Local partners include Charlotte area elementary schools.

To become an America Reads tutor you must be an undergraduate student at UNC Charlotte and you must qualify for Work Study, a source of Financial Aid. For more information on Work Study and to see if you qualify, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at UNC Charlotte. If you are awarded Work Study then you will attend an orientation conducted by Student Employment and through that process you can select to apply to become an America Reads tutor. Here are the basic qualifications to become a tutor. You must be:

  • An undergraduate student in good standing at UNC Charlotte
  • Have reliable transportation so that you can get to one of our elementary school sites near the university
  • Be responsible and work well with children
  • Want to make a difference in the lives of kids

Tutors must be work-study eligible and apply to become a tutor through Student Employment at UNC Charlotte. Tutors earn $12 an hour to start with a dollar an hour increase in pay each year they continue as tutors ($13 an hour in year 2, $13 an hour in year three, etc.). Tutors must have reliable transportation and a heart for working with children. For more information about America Reads, you can download this America Reads information flyer. 

For more information about America Reads, go to the America Reads Wiki and follow the links to information about our tutoring programs. You can also contact Dr. Bruce Taylor for more information.