What is America Reads?

America Reads is a literacy program dedicated to ensuring all young people are academically prepared. Through the Center for Community Work and Learning (CWL), America Reads is one of three student employment opportunities. St. Kate's students from various programs are employed as tutors for schools and community organizations working with students on their academic goals. Through transportation provided by St. Kate's, tutors go in groups to the community partner locations. CWL supports the tutors' professional development through ongoing training sessions, events, and reflection sessions that take place each semester. Through America Reads, we work with the following community partners in the Twin Cities:

FAQs about the America Reads program

  • How much does the America Reads program positions pay?
    • New America Reads tutors and mentors are paid $14.25/hour for the 2021-2022 school year.
    • Tutors interested in becoming a certified Van Driver are paid $14.45/hour for the 2021-2022 school year.
  • How many hours per week are tutors at a community partner site?
    • The number of hours tutors are on site depends on their schedule, student’s preferred amount of hours, and the capacity of our community partner sites. Typically, tutors work a minimum of 5 hours per week.
  • How do tutors get to the community partner sites?
    • Transportation is provided for all America Reads tutors through the use of the St. Kate’s vans.
  • How long do the positions last?
    • America Reads positions are a minimum of one semester long with the goal of each tutor staying on for at least one academic year or more.
  • Who is eligible?
    • Positions are open to all undergraduate College for Women students but generally draw from the incoming first year class.
  • How do I apply?
    • America Reads tutor and van driver positions can be found on the Career Development Website under the button titled: "KatieCareer by Handshake - student login"
  • If you have additional questions about the program, please email americareads@stkate.edu or call 651-690-7740
Three photos of students working on reading skills with children

America Reads in action