Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have summer-only positions?

No. Our positions run through the school year.

What is the application deadline?

Positions for each school year begin in August. We fill available positions on a rolling basis and have tutors starting their service in August, September, November and January. Early applicants have more placement choices, so we encourage you to apply sooner rather than later.

What is the difference between a “member” and a “tutor”?

No difference! Members and tutors are the same.

What are the hours?

Most tutors work with students five days (Monday-Friday) a week for a minimum of five hours a day, but there are also opportunities to serve three days a week. Start and end times vary from school to school and by position — to learn more, check the individual position posting. Note: some positions may require additional service in the evenings or on weekends.

Is this a paid or volunteer position?

If you join Minnesota Reading Corps, you are committing to complete a term of national service through AmeriCorps; you are not entering into permanent employment. In exchange for your service, you’ll receive a living allowance every two weeks while you serve.

What is the Educator Corps?

If you’re already a paid staff member at an existing Minnesota Reading Corps site, you’re eligible to join the Educator Corps and be trained in how to incorporate the Reading Corps model into your preschool classroom. Educator Corps members do not receive a living allowance, but they are eligible for an education award.

What is the curriculum?

Reading Corps is designed to give students additional guided practice outside of their core reading instruction time and doesn’t use a specific curriculum. Rather, we use research-based strategies that are proven to be effective for children who need extra help practicing targeted reading or pre-reading skills.

What is an education award?

A benefit of AmeriCorps service, the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is granted when you successfully complete the required number of service hours. You can apply the award to educational costs, such as federal student loans, college tuition, educational supplies, etc. You have seven years to use your award.

If you’re age 55 or older at the start of your service, you may choose to transfer your education award to your child, stepchild, grandchild, step-grandchild or foster child. The recipient of a transferred award has 10 years to use the award, beginning on the date it was earned. Learn more about the education award here.

Is there health coverage?

Full-time AmeriCorps members are eligible to enroll in a free health insurance plan through Minnesota Reading Corps. (Educator Corps members are not eligible for health insurance.)

Can I have an additional job to make ends meet while I’m a Reading Corps member?

Yes. There are no restrictions on additional employment as long as it doesn’t interfere with your service hours.

I’m a college student and have daytime classes. Can I still be a Minnesota Reading Corps member?

Possibly. Most of our positions require members to serve Monday through Friday for a specified number of hours each day, but we may have a position available that fits with your school schedule. If you have specific questions about your schedule and the required commitment for service, please contact one of our talent specialists by email at or by phone at 866-859-2825

Where are Reading Corps sites located?

Tutors serve in more than 700 sites across Minnesota; each member is assigned to one site. You can indicate your location preference on the application. See a map of our sites on our locations page.

Will I have to travel?

There’s some travel, but it’s minimal. Members are required to travel to the Twin Cities for initial four-day tutor training, called Institute, and to attend several regional trainings (held in Duluth, Grand Rapids, St. Cloud, Moorhead, Rochester, Mankato and the Twin Cities). You’ll be reimbursed for your mileage if you drive to these trainings; mileage for your daily commute is not reimbursed.

What’s the relationship between Minnesota Reading Corps and AmeriCorps?

Minnesota Reading Corps is the largest AmeriCorps tutoring program in the country. As part of the national service network of AmeriCorps, we receive the majority of our funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that oversees AmeriCorps.

CNCS is the nation’s largest grantmaker in support of service and volunteering, engaging more than three million Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to their communities each year. Its programs include Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, the Volunteer Generation Fund, the Social Innovation Fund and others. CNCS program members, and the volunteers they help coordinate, enable tens of thousands of national and local nonprofit organizations, faith-based groups, schools and municipal agencies solve tough problems and meet local needs in six priority areas: education, health, the environment, veterans and military families, economic opportunity, and disaster relief.

What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps, often called the “domestic Peace Corps,” is an opportunity to make a big difference in your life and in the lives of those around you. It’s a chance to apply your skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community.

Each year, AmeriCorps provides opportunities for 75,000 Americans to give back to their communities and country through dedicated national service. Since its creation in 1994, more than one million Americans have served their communities through the AmeriCorps program.

About 2,100 individuals are serving with AmeriCorps programs in Minnesota this year. Most serve as tutors with Minnesota Reading Corps or Minnesota Math Corps.

Who can serve with Minnesota Reading Corps?

People from all backgrounds and many stages of life can apply to be a tutor – from recent high school or college grads to career changers to retirees. Applicants participate in a competitive selection process to serve with local schools and early learning centers.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age (no upper age limit!)
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the U.S.

Tutors will receive comprehensive training before they begin service, so no prior teaching experience is necessary! Qualified applicants must have a desire to help students succeed, be dedicated and flexible, and have strong interpersonal skills to build and maintain quality working relationships with students and school staff.

We believe that all individuals who are qualified and want to serve their community should have the opportunity to do so. Our staff works with disability organizations, colleges and universities, and the community to spread the word and ensure that our programs are as inclusive as possible.

AmeriCorps is committed to the inclusion of qualified individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion, political affiliation, or other non-merit factors.

What are the benefits?

Tutors receive a modest living allowance and an education award ($5,920 for full-time service) to pay for higher education or to repay qualified student loans. Tutors 55+ may choose to gift their education award to their child, grandchild, step child, or foster child. During their service, tutors may be eligible for student loan forbearance, health insurance, and child care assistance.

Tutors also participate in training, create career connections, and develop marketable skills, while making a real difference in people’s lives. Service with Reading Corps is an awesome adventure and an experience of a lifetime.

I’ve served with AmeriCorps before. How do I know if I’m eligible for another year of service?

You can now serve up to four terms with an AmeriCorps national program or a state program such as Minnesota Reading Corps. After serving four terms, you’re still eligible to serve with an AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) or National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) program.

If you’re considering more than two terms of service, please keep in mind that AmeriCorps members are able to earn no more than the value of two full-time education awards. Once you meet this limit, you will not receive additional education awards for additional terms of service.