America Reads is a national campaign calling on all Americans - parents, educators, libraries, universities, religious institutions, the media, senior citizens, business leaders, and community and national groups - to help every child learn to read well and on their own. The federal government has encouraged college work-study students to play a vital role in this initiative.
Any Penn State Behrend student who has been awarded Federal Work-Study may get paid to work as an America Reads tutor. The program is especially interested in individuals who value community service and are enthusiastic about helping young children learn the joys and rewards of reading.
Penn State Behrend has three local America Reads tutoring sites: Wesleyville, Diehl, and Klein Elementary Schools in Erie. All tutors must provide their own transportation to and from the sites. America Reads tutors are paid $11.00/hour from their Federal Work-Study award. All tutors will have their paychecks directly deposited into their checking or savings account.
Interested students must receive the following 3 clearances before they can work:
- Act 33 - Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
- Act 34 - Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Record Check
- To complete Act 33 and Act 34, please go to the PA Child Abuse History Forms website.
- Fingerprint Background Check
If you are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity or have additional questions, contact Kelli Carpinello at (814) 898-6741 in the Financial Aid Office at Penn State Behrend. A mandatory training session is required.