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Summer Reading AmeriCorps Program

Iowa Campus Compact
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Serving libraries and other nonprofits with specific needs related to their summer reading programs to help reduce summer reading loss among children, teens, and adults.

Service Activities

Enroll youth into the summer reading program.
Train Volunteers on summer reading program enrollment processes.
Start or facilitate a reading buddy program.
Starting a mobile library program to serve low-income neighborhoods.
Other related activities.

Community Need Addressed

High rates of summer reading loss especially to low income students who do not read over the summer and are less prepared for their next year of school.

Position Outcomes

Number of individuals completing the summer reading program (children, teens, adults).
Number of books the participants read.
Number of children who read a minimum number of applicant determined books during the program.
Number of pages summer reading program participants read (children, teens, adults).
Amount of time summer reading program participants spent reading alone (children, teens, adults).
Amount of time summer reading program participants spent reading with a parent or caregiver (children, teens, adults).


Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance

Education Benefits

College Degree, GED/High School Diploma, Credential or Certification

Competencies You Will Develop

Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Lead group discussion, Maintain open lines of communication with others, Write cleary and effectively
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise, Provide relevant expertise, Select and implement well-considered solution
Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Stay positive and outcome oriented, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Accepts responsibility, Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them, Quickly respond with a back-up plan if a decision goes amiss
Carefully consider which tools or technological solutions are appropriate for a given job, Consistently choose the best tool or technological solution for the problem at hand
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Set goals
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Evaluate customer or client satisfaction, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment
  • Activity Types Hands On Activities, Office Activities, Professional Activities
  • Focus Areas Education & Youth
  • Length of Service 2 Months
  • Education Requirements High School Graduate
  • Placement Individual Placement
  • Service Setting Library
  • Weekly Training Hours 6

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