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.

America Reads provides opportunities for students at the University of Southern Maine to work with children in local schools to improve literacy skills. 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 program should contact Amy Smith, America Reads Coordinator at amy.c.smith@maine.edu

America Reads 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 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 school, please email your resume to Amy Smith at amy.c.smith@maine.edu. Someone will be in touch with you if your qualifications are a match for this position.