America Reads Challenge

The mission of America Reads Challenge (ARC) is 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.

In August 1996, 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.

Today, 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 at the University of Pittsburgh are federal work study students and volunteers who serve as reading tutors in local community schools and after school programs.

An average of 62 University of Pittsburgh America Reads tutors serve approximately 6,200 hours in the Pittsburgh community annually.

ARC tutors commit to at least one semester of service for a 10-hour per week schedule.  If you are a current student at the University of Pittsburgh and would like to make a difference in a child’s life apply online for the fall 2014 program. 

 Click here to apply for the fall 2014 program!