A signature federal work-study opportunity

The America Reads Challenge is a comprehensive, nationwide effort to create in-school, after-school, weekend and summer tutoring programs in reading. Building on the success of America Reads, America Counts was initiated in 1999 to improve young children’s achievements in mathematics. 

America Reads and America Counts provide opportunities for students at the University of Southern Maine to work with children in local schools to improve skills in literacy and mathematics. By becoming a tutor, you’ll gain valuable experience while making a positive impact on the lives of young learners.

Students with a federal work-study offer are eligible to participate in this program. This is a great opportunity for you to gain valuable experience, network with teachers and administrators, learn educational theory first-hand and make a meaningful difference in the lives of young learners!

Community schools

Elementary schools in the southern Maine area interested in participating in USM’s America Reads and America Counts program may contact Haley Rice, Student Employment Coordinator, at haley.rice@maine.edu

Tutors will work closely with classroom teachers and other designated school officials to support students in achieving their reading goals. 

USM undergraduate students

By serving as an America Reads and/or America Counts tutor, you will:

  • Earn income through federal work study.
  • Make meaningful connections with students, teachers and school administrators.
  • Develop career-ready skills in interpersonal communication, teamwork and instructional theory.
  • Have a great experience to add to your resume.
  • Do work that is meaningful and, in some cases, even life changing!

You do not need to have a background in education or tutoring to apply. Students with a federal work-study offer from all majors and academic programs are welcome to apply!

If you are interested in being a reading tutor at a local elementary or middle school, please email your resume to Haley Rice at haley.rice@maine.edu. Someone will be in touch with you if your qualifications are a match for this position.