Become a Tutor with America Reads & America Counts

Our program is always looking for dedicated role models to serve our teachers and students. America Reads is open to ALL students at the University of Kansas, regardless of major. Some benefits of becoming a tutor include:

  • Becoming a role model to at-risk children
  • Learning about current literacy intervention strategies
  • Gaining experience with students and education
  • Practicing creating and implementing lesson plans
  • Networking with local teachers and administrators

Paid tutors receive an hourly compensation rate of $9.50/hour, which includes lesson planning, required training, and actual tutoring time. This does not include driving time to and from schools. Questions should be directed to the America Reads coordinator. Paychecks are issued through the University of Kansas every two weeks. To become a paid tutor you must:

  • Complete the position application on the KU Jobs site
  • Qualify for Federal Work Study (please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid).
  • Have personal transportation to and from schools
  • Be willing to work at least 5 hours a week
  • Be available for biweekly training meetings.
  • Complete two one-hour training seminars regarding reading and writing development.

KU students that do not qualify for Federal Work Study are certainly welcome to volunteer! To qualify for our volunteer program, you must:

  • Be available to tutor at least one hour a week on a consistent basis
  • Have personal transportation to and from schools
  • Complete two one-hour training seminars regarding reading and writing development.
  • Apply for a classroom placement via the Volunteer Schedule Request Form (e-mail it to

All tutors are required to have an email address and must check it often to receive meeting reminders and valuable information. Sometimes a response is requested in these emails.

School Cooperation

Part of being a role model means complying with school dress codes and rules. Information on these matters will be supplied at tutor training sessions. If questions arise, please contact your supervising teacher or your America Reads coordinator. Remember that America Reads tutors are not qualified to provide direct instruction to students, but are there to enhance learning that has already taken place in the classroom. Therefore, cooperation and communication with teachers is paramount.

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