America Reads Challenge

President Clinton started the America Reads Challenge to address the fact that 40% of children were not reading at basic level by the end of the third grade.


To help kindergarten to third grade students improve their reading ability to enable them to read well and independently by the end of third grade.


ARC at the University of Pittsburgh partners with the School of Education, joining colleges and universities across the country in providing tutors for the America Reads Challenge. ARC tutors have the opportunity to be part of a national literacy effort to help children learn to read and enhance their success in school.

ARC tutors are federal work study students and volunteers who serve in local schools and after school programs.

  • Serve 10 hours per week
  • Commit to at least one semester of service.
  • Work with kids in Kindergarten through 3rd grade