Wilkes University


America Reads Seeks Mentors for the Spring Semester

America Reads seeks mentors for the spring semester. The program will begin Tuesday, Jan. 14, right after students return from winter break. Hours are from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for the rest of the spring semester.

We will have two paid training sessions:

  • Monday, Nov. 18 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 21 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Lunch will be provided at both sessions.

We will work with Kistler Elementary School in partnership with SHINE to mentor about 20 students. Pay rate starts at $8.50and students can get an increase if they continue in the program for additional semesters.

About America Reads
The America Reads Challenge, initiated by President Clinton in 1996, is an extensive, nationwide effort to create in-school and after-school tutoring programs in reading. Working to support the efforts of teachers and parents, this Challenge calls on all Americans to form a “citizen army” of volunteer tutors to ensure that every at-risk child can read independently by the end of the third grade (The term “at-risk” describes children who live in low-income areas and are more likely to drop out of high school.) The government implements federal work-study funds to staff the America Reads Challenge at universities with college student tutors/mentors. This is a great opportunity for students to boost their resumes by giving back to the community around Wilkes University.

If you're interested in applying, please feel free to reach out to Neishmy Rodriguez (neishmy.rodriguez@wilkes.edu) or Megan Boone (megan.boone@wilkes.edu) as soon as possible.