A Tutor's Perspective
Learn more about the America Reads program from past tutor and BGSU Center for Public Impact staff member Tammi Turner who tutored youth at La Conexion de Wood County.
WHAT IS AMERICA READS?
America Reads is a tutoring employment opportunity for students eligible for Federal Work-Study. Tutors choose their own shifts and go to local schools and sites such as the Wood County Library to tutor students one-on-one or in small groups. The program employs students of all majors.
America Reads was started in 1996 by the Clinton Administration. BGSU has been coordinating its America Reads program since 1997. Marty Sears (Coordinator of Community Engagement Programs) is the head of the program, running it with the help of undergraduate and graduate students.
"I have built many relationships with my students already. They look forward to seeing me every day and I look forward to seeing them. They teach me more than I could ever teach them, in a good way. They look forward to showing me their work and projects every time I come in." - Hannah Foos, Freshman Early Childhood Education major, America Reads tutor, 2018
First, complete the application above and we will determine whether you are eligible for Federal Work-Study. Once confirmation of work-study eligibility or ineligibility is made, you will receive an email from the program coordinator. If eligible, you will need to send a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Select students will undergo an interview process before being hired into the program.
- Tutors who do not drive: $9.50/hour
- Tutors who drive to sites in Bowling Green: $10.00/hour
- Tutors who drive outside of Bowling Green: $12.50/hour
The program does not reimburse for gas mileage, thus drivers receive a higher hourly rate.
The format of sessions varies: tutors who work during the school day will receive pre-planned lessons prior to giving the session. The after-school sessions are more open-ended, including homework help and assistance in reading instruction. Lesson plans will not be provided for after-school sessions.
- Federal Work-Study eligibility
- BCI and FBI background checks
Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a source of federally funded need-based financial aid. Students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for Federal Work-Study. Students who demonstrate financial need as determined by Student Financial Aid may receive FWS as part of their financial aid "package." Student Financial Aid determines the amount students can earn during the school year.
SHIFTS AND TRANSPORTATION
Most shifts are about three hours long either in the morning or early afternoon (a typical school day). Many after school shifts are available and there are evening shifts at the local library and with La Conexion de Wood County.
Tutors select their working hours and placements in order to work around class schedules. Tutors have the option to drive for a carpool but driving is not a requirement.
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