Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a summer only position?

No, we do not have a summer only position as our positions run during the school year. 

When is the application deadline?

Positions begin in August of every year and are filled on a rolling basis so therefore there is no hard deadline. However, early applicants will have more placement choices so we encourage you to apply sooner rather than later.

What is the difference between a "member" and a "tutor"?

Members and tutors are the same thing. 

What are the hours?

Hours vary school to school as well as with the position. To see specifics on our positions please follow this link

Is this a paid or volunteer position?

If you join Minnesota Reading Corps, you are committing to national service through an AmeriCorps program, not entering into permanent employment. In exchange for your service, you receive a bi-weekly living allowance.

What is the curriculum?

Minnesota Reading Corps does not use a specific curriculum. Reading Corps uses interventions or strategies that are research-based and proven to be effective for children who need extra help practicing targeted reading or pre-reading skills. Reading Corps is designed to give students additional guided practice outside of their core reading instruction time.

What is a living allowance?

The living allowance is an AmeriCorps benefit and is paid bi-weekly.

What is an education award?

The education award is an AmeriCorps benefit. Upon successfully completing their required number of service hours, members receive an education award which can be directly applied to educational costs, such as federal student loans, college tuition, educational supplies, etc. Once awarded, the recipient has 7 years to use their award. Members who are 55 or older at the start of their service enjoy an additional benefit. They may choose to transfer their education award to a child (including step-child), grandchild (including step-grandchild), or foster child. The recipient of a transferred award has ten years to use the award beginning on the date the relative earned the award. 

Is there health coverage?

Members serving in a full time capacity are eligible to enroll in a 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?

Yes. There are no restrictions on additional employment outside of your service position as long as it doesn't interfere with your service hours.

I'm a college student with day classes, can I still be a Minnesota Reading Corps member?

Possibly. Our positions require members to serve consistently Monday-Friday for an agreed upon hourly commitment each day. If we are able to find a position that would work with your current school schedule then yes. If you have specific questions regarding your schedule and our commitments please contact a Talent Specialist at recruitment@servetogrow.org.

Where are positions located?

Our member serve in more than 900 sites across Minnesota; each member is assigned to one site. Applicants may indicate their location preference on the application. See a map of these sites on our locations page.

Would I have to travel?

Travel is minimal. Members are required to travel to the Twin Cities for the initial four-day training called Institute. Members will also be required to attend several regional trainings (held either in Duluth, Grand Rapids, St. Cloud, Moorhead, Rochester, Mankato, or the Twin Cities). Mileage is reimbursed from your site to the training. Mileage for your daily commute is not reimbursed.

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

As part of the national service network, Minnesota Reading Corps is the largest AmeriCorps tutoring program in the country. Minnesota Reading Corps receives the majority of its funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that oversees AmeriCorps and is the nation's largest grant maker in support of service and volunteering. CNCS engages more than five million Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to their communities each year through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, the Volunteer Generation Fund, the Social Innovation Fund (SIF), and other programs, and leads President Obama’s call to service initiative, United We Serve. Participants in CNCS programs and the community volunteers they help coordinate enable tens of thousands of national and local nonprofit organizations, faith-based groups, schools, and municipal agencies to solve tough problems and meet local needs in education, health, the environment, veterans, economic opportunity, and other critical areas.

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

Recently, term limit regulations have changed. Individuals can serve up to four terms with AmeriCorps an National or State program (such as Minnesota Reading Corps). After serving four terms with an AmeriCorps National or State program, individuals are still eligible to serve with an AmeriCorps VISTA or NCCC program. If you are considering more than two terms of service, keep in mind that AmeriCorps members can only earn the equivalent of up to two full-time education awards. Once members meet this limit, they would not receive additional education awards for additional terms of service.