Help Kids Achieve More with
the Power of Reading

After third grade, students stop learning to read and begin reading to learn. However, in some Iowa schools, more than half of students enter fourth grade without the skills necessary to further their education. If they’re still learning to read while their peers are learning new subjects, they continue to fall behind—which can impact their futures and leave them with fewer opportunities.

But you can help.

When you become a Reading Corps AmeriCorps Tutor, you can help students from kindergarten through third grade build the reading skills they need to catch up, keep up, and soar. Because students who are strong readers by the end of third grade are positioned to be strong learners for the rest of their lives. 

Be a Superhero. Become a
Reading Corps Tutor.

Iowa Reading Corps AmeriCorps tutors meet with their students one-on-one for 20 minute sessions each school day. Equipped with training in nine interventions, tutors follow a program based on educational best practices and focus on phonics and fluency to make a direct impact on student success. 

Full Time

10 months; 1,200 hours

Serve at least 35–40 hours per week for a minimum of 1200 hours

School Year Only

9 months; 900 hours

Serve at least 30–35 hours per week for a minimum of 900 hours

We rely on members to serve at their assigned school for the entire term of service—no substitutes or replacements. Our service term runs from Sept. 5, 2023 – June 20, 2024 for Full Time Members and Sept 5, 2023 – May 31, 2024 for School Year Only members. During the summer months, members participate in summer programs that promote opportunities for volunteer recruitment and community engagements. Full-time members also participate in after-school activities and some evening school functions to earn all of their service hours.

Gain More than Just Financial Benefits

To join the mission, all you need is the availability for a consistent schedule and a passion to help kids thrive. We’ll provide all lessons, training, and support—no degrees required. You will gain satisfaction and pride in watching the students you tutor make progress toward a brighter future.

You’ll also get:

Living Allowance

Full-time members receive a pre-tax living allowance of $18,000. School Year Only receive $12,006.

Education Award

After successfully completing your term of service, Full-time members may receive a $4,826.50 education award, which can be used to pay back federal student loans, put toward tuition, or used for other educational purposes. School Year Only may receive $3,447.50. Tutors who are 55+ may choose to transfer their education award to a child, grandchild, or foster child within seven years. 

Health Insurance

Full-time members may receive health insurance at no cost. 

Child Care Assistance

Members may qualify to receive child care cost reimbursement assistance. 

Real-World Education Experience

Training, coaching, and experience in research-based literacy strategies.

Career Development Opportunities

Professional skill-building and networks that are key to those pursuing or continuing an education career. 

How to Apply

If you are ready to help students achieve their full potential, fill out and submit the form below and an AmeriCorps Reading Corps program staff member will contact you within two business days to discuss your interest in becoming a tutor. 

Who Can be a Reading Corps Tutor?

Nearly any adult who is passionate about helping students learn to read can be a Reading Corps tutor. However, this position is perfect for:

High school graduates

who need some time before taking their next step

College students or recent college graduates

considering a career in education or that need time to plan their future

Stay-at-home parents

who would like a role that aligns with their kids’ school schedules

Grandparents or retirees

who want to make an impact

What Our Members Say

Bob & Diane Hagarty



About AmeriCorps Reading Corps

AmeriCorps, often referred to as the “domestic Peace Corps,” is a network of national service programs that engage more than 75,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet critical needs in the areas of education, public safety, health, and the environment. Individuals who serve in local AmeriCorps programs, like Iowa Reading Corps, make a commitment to dedicate themselves to service and to strive to make a positive impact in their communities. Iowa Reading Corps is a statewide initiative to help ensure that all Iowa students are on track to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade. The program places AmeriCorps members, trained as Elementary Literacy Tutors, at sites across Iowa to implement prescribed literacy interventions for students who are just below proficiency in reading.  

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