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America Reads

Use your Federal Work Study award to support K-3rd grade literacy!

Applications for Spring 2015 are now being accepted! 
Please read this page to see requirements and to fill out the application.


America Reads Tutors

America Reads Tutors provide literacy support to kindergarten through third grade students in five SFUSD elementary schools and three after-school programs.

Tutors can select their own schedule and generally work between 6 to 15 hours per week during the Fall and Spring semester, starting at $11.05 per hour.

New tutors gain training and provide support to one another by participating in a 1 credit, once-a-week course, specifically developed for America Reads staff.  The Spring 2015 course will take place on Thursday from 6:00 pm to 6:50 pm.  

Tutor Hiring Requirements

To learn about the requirements to become an America Reads Tutor and apply, click here.  If you have any questions, please email

All USF students awarded Federal Work Study are welcome to apply!


Quotes from America Reads Tutors

“I love it there and would choose no other community center to work.  The staff there is friendly and is open to suggestions to make things better for everyone.  As a second-year tutor, I have developed individual relationships with the different kids and enjoy seeing them progress and develop into intelligent young people.  I find this job very rewarding and am glad I am able to make a difference in a child’s life.”  -Lauren Brown, Booker T Washington Community Center

“The students at the school are really great and incredibly diverse; they come from all different ethnicities, parts of the city, and lifestyles.  Together, they teach me so much about individuality and how wonderful it can be… I feel like the students are really able to relate to me and enjoy the time they get to spend with me.  I feel like I am teaching them a lot, but at the same time and learning a lot about myself as an educator.”  - Sami Williams, New Traditions Elementary

“I can honestly say it is such a privilege to be working there with the amount of support from the staff and parents, as well as the eagerness to learn from the students.  The environment at Rosa Parks is so inviting; I have no problem waking up early to tutor the kindergarteners.  For the remaining time I am with America Reads and beyond I will always have a place in my heart for Rosa Parks.”  - Amber Cavarlez, Rosa Parks Elementary

“As a third-year tutor at the Tenderloin School, I have formed lasting relationships with the staff and students at my site…The progress in literacy I have seen in my present and past students has been my greatest accomplishment completed at USF.  It is also the activity that has brought me the most joy…Working with students from diverse backgrounds is an integral part to learning how to address a student’s specific educational needs.  I am very thankful for this semester’s tutoring experience and hope to continue strengthening y students’ literacy knowledge.”  -Sarah Hay, Tenderloin Community School

“Whenever someone asks me about my job, I tell them I love it.  I don’t know who wouldn’t feel the rewarding effects of making a difference.  You learn a lot tutoring in a third grade classroom.  I didn’t think about this when I signed up four years ago, but you acquire important core values that you will take with you.  I now know how to communicate with a child, how to identify a problem, how to teach, how to empower, and most importantly I’ve learned my role in that infrastructure.”  - Sean Tracy, George Peabody Elementary


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