America Reads

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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.


America Reads is a tutoring employment opportunity for students eligible for Federal Work-Study. Tutors choose their own shifts and tutor students one-on-one or in small groups via zoom or another web platform. 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.  

Tutoring Sessions:

All tutoring sessions are held virtually. Tutors will need their own computer with a camera and microphone, as well as access to a reliable internet connection to work as a tutor for America Reads. 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
  • A computer, with a webcam and mic, and stable internet access

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.


$10 an hour for all tutors


Most shifts are 30-45 minutes long during typical school day hours and tutors can sign up for multiple shifts per day. There is one longer shift during the after-school hours (3:45-5:30). Tutors select their working hours and placements around their class schedules and there is a lot of flexibility. 


BGSU's Center for Public Impact | 100 University Hall


"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


If interested in applying, please email and attach a current resume to the email. This position is for Federal Work Study eligible students only. Once we confirm you're eligible for Federal Work Study, and you are selected for a position, we will work with you to set up your tutoring schedule. Note, applicants are subject to an interview if necessary. Before you can begin tutoring, we will need a background check. Tutors are responsible for the cost to obtain a background check. All shifts are virtual, so access to a computer, webcam, microphone and stable internet is required for the position. 

Frequently Asked Questions

All tutoring placements are currently being conducted virtually. Tutors must have access to a device that allows them to complete video calls, with a functioning camera and microphone, as well as a stable internet connection.

All tutors also must be eligible for Federal Work Study.

In addition, a BCI/FBI background check is required by the schools students are placed at, at the expense of the tutor. Please do not get your background check prior to applying for the position*

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 FWS. If you demonstrate financial need as determined by Student Financial Aid, you may receive FWS as part of your financial aid "package." If so, FWS will be listed on your Notice of Financial Aid Eligibility Letter, also called an "award" letter. Student Financial Aid determines a maximum amount of FWS you can earn during the school year.

If you are unaware if you qualify for Federal Work Study, please contact Student Financial Aid at 419-372-2651.

Unfortunately, if you do not qualify for Federal Work Study, you can't tutor for the America READS program. If you're looking for other opportunities, please reach out to

As long as your background check used the codes below and is not expired, you will not need to get a different one.  If your background check is not expired, and uses the below codes, you will have to request a copy of your background check and send it to Dr. V Jane Rosser in 100 University Hall, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403.

  • BCI 3319.39 B1 - School employees, non-teaching positions. 

  • FBI 3319.39- Public School District or Chartered Nonpublic School Employees and School Bus Drivers

Currently, all tutoring is happening virtual, meaning you can tutor from anywhere as long as you meet all of the requirements!

Tutors have the ability to create their own tutoring schedule based on the needs and time shifts that our schools have open. Currently, there are multiple 30-45 minute shifts that happen throughout the day from 9am-3pm. There is also one longer, after school shift as well.

Each school that takes tutors also has a site supervisor who oversees your work, approves your hours, sets your schedule, sets up orientation/training and acts as your main job supervisor. Based on what schools you are placed at, you may have more than one site supervisor.

Site supervisors send the hours you work to the BGSU America READS team, who then is in charge of making sure your hours are entered into the payroll system.  

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Our mission:

  • Enhance kids' literacy skills
  • Connect developing professionals with kids in educational environments that promote learning and literacy skills
We are committed to meeting the challenge to have all children reading well and independently by the end of third grade.

Information for Prospective Tutors