by Anna Peters
Responding to the critical need to close Minnesota’s achievement gap, two AmeriCorps programs will place 900 full- and part-time tutors across the state. Minnesota Reading Corps, one of the largest AmeriCorps programs in the country, will train 800 literacy tutors to work with kids age three through grade three so they can catch up to their peers. Minnesota Math Corps plans to double in size by placing 100 math enrichment tutors to reach fourth through eighth graders.
Service Can Help Your Career
Serving in AmeriCorps is a great way to gain valuable professional experience while also helping students achieve academic success. It can also allow you to “test drive” a potential career, refocus your career goals, learn new skills, and help build your professional network.
Service experience can be just as valuable—and rewarding—as experience earned at a full-time job. During their year of service, AmeriCorps tutors change thousands of lives, often including their own. Here is what past Reading Corps and Math Corps members have said about their year of service:
- “This experience has been life altering. I am now considering going back to get licensed to teach.”
- “I will never forget this year: the things I have learned and the people I have met.”
- Reading Corps “has given me purpose.”
Become a Tutor
- a biweekly stipend ($500 for full-time tutors)
- an education award of up to $5,550 that can be used to pay for tuition or pay back federal student loans
- training, ongoing professional development, and networking opportunities
- other benefits, such as limited health insurance, if eligible
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Why are literacy and math tutors needed?
Third grade reading scores and eighth grade math scores often illustrate how well students will perform academically later on. Once children fall behind, it’s even more difficult for them to catch up.
- Reading. Until third grade, kids learn to read. After that, they read to learn. The reading scores of third graders are strong predictors of how well kids will do in high school—and in life.
Minnesota’s report card: Nearly 25 percent of third graders don’t read at grade level.
- Math. Algebra, which is taught in eighth grade, is seen as a gateway course for college readiness. Without learning it, taking necessary college-prep science classes becomes nearly impossible.
Minnesota’s report card: About 40 percent of eighth graders in aren’t proficient in math.
Minnesota Reading and Math Corps tutors understand the importance of helping these students and are making a difference when it comes to a child’s chances of success.