Frequently Asked Questions

Elgibility

Great tutors come from all walks of life. Whether you’re 18 or 85, your most important qualification is a desire to help children succeed! That said, it’s important that you meet the following minimum qualifications by the beginning of your service:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Have a high school diploma or its equivalent
  • Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States
  • Have served three or fewer terms with an AmeriCorps State or National Program

Minnesota Reading Corps will not discriminate for or against any service member or applicant on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, familial status, disability, sexual orientation, or age. Reasonable accommodations provided upon request.

AmeriCorps term limits are a federal regulation. Currently you can 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.

We’ve got great options for college students and would love to chat with you about specific opportunities! Most often, college students choose to serve 18 or 25 hours a week. It’s important to know that tutors serve during the school day (generally between the hours of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.). To talk more about your schedule and what may work for you, call 866-859-2825 or email join@servetogrow.org.

Yes! You’ll need to maintain a consistent schedule at your school, but are welcome to work part-time whenever you aren’t scheduled to be tutoring.

The Experience

You’ll spend most of your time helping students, not on the road! New tutors attend a four-day training called “Institute” that is held in the Twin Cities. To help you better serve your students, you’ll also participate in several additional trainings during the year. These trainings are offered regionally (in Duluth, Grand Rapids, St. Cloud, Moorhead, Rochester, Mankato and the Twin Cities) to minimize your drive time. All tutors are reimbursed for their mileage when they drive to trainings. Mileage is not reimbursed for your daily commute.

From Roseau up north to Albert Lea down south, our tutors help students all across the state. You can search for opportunities near you by visiting our application portal. To find opportunities near you, select “Zip Code” from the city menu (then enter your zip code and indicate the radius for your search).

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.

No. Our positions run through the school year.

Benefits

Tutors receive a modest stipend and an education award (up to $4,366) 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.

Full-time AmeriCorps members are eligible to enroll in a health insurance plan with no monthly premium cost. (Educator Corps members are not eligible for health insurance.)

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. You can only transfer the award once, and it cannot be divided among multiple recipients. Learn more about the education award here.

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 stipend every two weeks while you serve.

General Info

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.

No difference! Members and tutors are the same.

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.

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.

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.

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