Did you know that students who don’t read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade are four times more likely to drop out of school? Our goal is to help all St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee County children become proficient readers by the end of 3rd grade and give them a better start to their futures. If you are passionate about education and literacy, join us and make a difference in the lives of preschool and elementary students. Become an AmeriCorps Reads tutor and help struggling readers, age 3 to grade 3, get on track for reading at grade level. We’ll provide training to get you started and ongoing coaching so you’ll be supported throughout your 11-month term of service. Service begins August 15th and ends July 31st, 2017. Members serve 25 hours a week for a total of 900 hours.
* Work one-on-one with students in VPK through third grade who need extra support learning to read. Tutors work with the same students in 30-minute sessions three times during school hours, using a variety of interventions.
* With younger students, tutors help build early literacy skills, such as letter sounds and names, and word blending. For older students, tutors select reading passages and follow intervention scripts to practice fluency skills.
* Conduct quick and easy literacy assessments. Tutors will use this data to monitor student progress, plan, and set goals.
* Maintain confidentiality of all students
* Attend 8 days of mandatory training prior to service with students, plus additional required training sessions throughout the year. Tutors will receive the consistent support from Program Staff and local community training. Some travel may be necessary to attend training.
* Participate in site and program sponsored activities such as community fairs and family nights
* While the majority of service hours are completed onsite during school hours, most tutors engage in additional community service, which may take place during evening and weekend hours.
* Strong interest in education, specifically in helping VPK and elementary students develop their literacy skills
* Dedication to community service and ability to commit to 11 months of service
* Basic computer skills, including the ability to navigate online systems and email
* Attention to detail
* Organized, responsible, flexible, motivated, and professional
* Ability to accept and incorporate constructive feedback from coaches and program staff
* Excellent time management and decision-making skills
* Ability to work with diverse personalities and adapt to the school environment
* Strong personal standards of excellence, ethics, and integrity
* Ability to speak, read, and write English fluently
* Age 18 or older by the program start date
* Possess a high school diploma or a GED by the program start date
* Citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States
Tutors are paid a modest living allowance every two weeks (Total stipend $6,406) during their service term and some positions receive an education award upon successful completion which may be used to pay qualified student loans or tuition. Tutors over age 55 may choose to gift their education award to their child or grandchild.
AmeriCorps Reads will not discriminate for or against any service member or applicant based 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.
Please submit a resume and cover letter answering the following questions to Jenna Taylor, Director of AmeriCorps Programs at Jenna.Stinnett@bbbsbigs.org:
1) Why are you interested in this role?
2) What do you think is a challenge facing students today?
3) Tell us about a non-familial teacher/adult that made a difference in your life as a child?