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Tutor: Literacy and Academic Success Team

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Our AmeriCorps members serve full-time as tutors and role models for students struggling in reading and math. They work in small groups and with individual students to help them get on track to perform on-level by improving their reading and math proficiency. Members also work with teachers and peers on the development of community-wide literacy projects, and plan literacy events for parents and students in the schools they serve.

Service Activities

• Conduct and document one‐to‐one or small group tutoring sessions with identified students
• Provide full-class support to enable teachers to provide individualized instruction to students
• Participate in before- and/or after-school programming, with a priority on tutoring
• Monitor individual students / clients, volunteers, groups and various events
• Support Family Literacy events
• Participate in various meetings and trainings on a regular basis
• As part of a team, plan and conduct various community service activities

Community Need Addressed

Low-income elementary school students who are struggling in reading and math.

Position Outcomes

70% of students benchmark in reading and/or math after intensive tutoring from our AmeriCorps members.


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

One of the goals of our program is to equip all members with important knowledge and skills before they begin serving at their host sites. In keeping with our goal of fully engaging all members to the best of their abilities, we also expect that more-experienced members with strong skills play a supportive role. As part of your service experience, you will participate in team-based activities designed to enhance your skills in communication, conflict resolution, planning, evaluating, problem-solving, presentations, project development, and much more. You will also receive specific training from the host sites that sponsor the project on which you will be working. Members may receive coverage under a basic health plan. This plan does not provide dental or vision coverage, and is available for the member only. It does not cover the member’s spouse and/or dependents. The program provides workers’ compensation insurance for all AmeriCorps members. Members will also be automatically enrolled in a Member Assistance Program at no cost to the Member.

Education Benefits

College Degree, Credential or Certification

Basic and advanced communication skills Group processes Effective citizenship Community project development

Skills you will gain

Basic and advanced communication skills, Decision-making, Time management, Goal setting, Learning styles, Team building, Leadership styles, Group processes, Problem solving, Group facilitation, Dialogue, Community project development, Conflict resolution, Diversity

Competencies You Will Develop

Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Lead group discussion, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others, Speak clearly, in precise language and in a logical, organized and coherent manner, Turn taking, 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
Derive consensus, 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, Anticipate the consequences of decisions, 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, Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
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, Drive decision making, Effectively delegate tasks, Facilitate group planning, 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 Professional Activities
  • Focus Areas Education & Youth
  • Length of Service 10 Months
  • Education Requirements High School Graduate
  • Placement Individual and Team Placements
  • Service Setting Elementary School
  • Weekly Training Hours 19

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