America Reads is a program at UNC Charlotte that for over 20 years has placed Work Study eligible college students in elementary school classrooms and community sites to provide reading and literacy tutoring and help with small groups. Tutors also work in some after-school program sites tutoring and providing homework help. Tutors receive initial training and ongoing support to tutor struggling students in reading and writing. Our current school partners for America Reads include:
- David Cox Road Elementary School in Charlotte, NC
- Hidden Valley Elementary School in Charlotte, NC
- The Grove Presbyterian Church after-school program site in Charlotte, NC
- The Charlotte Lab School in Uptown Charlotte, NC
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 who has been awarded Federal Work Study (click here for information about Federal Work Study at UNC Charlotte)
- Have reliable transportation so that you can get to one of aour elementary school sites near the university or be willing to use the Light Rail system
- 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 or use light rail and a heart for working with children.
Getting Hired as an America Reads Tutor
Interested in becoming an America Reads tutor? Fill out an application through Hire-a-Niner. We will contact you and invite you to an orientation meeting where we explain more about the program, answer your questions and together decide if America Reads is a good FWS job for you. Hiring decisions are made at or immediately after the orientation sessions.
Once you have been invited to join America Reads, you need to complete the online FWS orientation hosted in Canvas. As part of that process you'll download and fill out the Hiring Packet and complete an I-9 form. Wait at least two days after completing the online I-9 and orientation and then take your hiring packing and I-9 confirmation to Human Resources in the King Building, Room 222. They will finalize the hiring and give you an Employment Verification card and an appointment form. Bring the appointment form and a copy of the verfication card to COED 367 and leave it for Dr. Bruce Taylor. We will email you with information about your site and getting started.
Here is more detailed information about the steps to finalize the hiring process once you've been offered a position as an America Reads tutor.