America Reads Challenge

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Background Info: 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.

About: The mission of ARC at the University of Pittsburgh is to support local kindergarten through third grade students develop essential literacy/reading skills though thoughtfully crafted lesson plans in an effort to enhance student’s success in school. ARC tutors work one-on-one with students and act as mentors.


Become a tutor: ARC tutors are federal work study students AND volunteers who serve in local schools and after-school programs. To become a tutor you must serve 8-10 hours per week and commit to one year of service. Monthly trainings are provided so students can effectively tutor their children as well as reach personal and professional development goals.

Tutors are needed for the following times:


Tues/Thurs 3:00-6:00PM

Mon/Wed 3:00-6:00PM

Tues 3:00-6:00PM

Wed 3:00-6:00PM

Thurs 3:00-6:00PM


If you are Work-Study eligible, click *here* to apply for a paid position!


If you are a volunteer, please fill out the following form:


    Please list any organizations you have worked with as a volunteer.

    Monday/Wednesday, 3-6 pm
    Tuesday/Thursday, 3-6 pm
    Tuesday, 3-6 pm
    Wednesday, 3-6 pm
    Thursday, 3-6 pm

    Saturday trainings are a program requirement once per month. If accepted as a tutor please note that you acknowledge this requirement and plan to adjust your schedule accordingly.
    I agree
    I can not participate in Saturday sessions (thus will not be applying to ARC)

    I consent to and understand that:

    1)The references and youth serving-organization I listed may be contacted by mail, telephone, email, or in-person;

    2)The information I provided may be used to conduct a background check, to include a search of public domain records, driving records check, juvenile and adult criminal history check, military records, and other records where required by local, state, or federal law for volunteers working with youth; (original copies of the clearances may be given to the volunteer once copies are made and an employee verifies with his/her signature that he/she has seen the original);

    3)I am required to attend America Reads Challenge trainings, including monthly Saturday trainings;

    4) I am responsible for engaging my student(s) in tutoring sessions during my time as a volunteer, attending each weekly session unless there is an approved absence, and creating a weekly lesson plan;


    Please read the following carefully before signing this application:

    I understand that this is an application for a volunteer opportunity and is an unpaid position.

    I certify that all information I have provided or will provide to America Reads, including this application, is true, correct and complete to the best of my knowledge. I certify that I have and will answer all questions to the best of my ability and that I have not and will not withhold any information that would affect my application for a volunteer position. I understand that information contained on my application will be verified. I understand that misrepresentations or omissions may be cause for my immediate rejection as an applicant or my termination as a volunteer.

    At any time while involved with the America Reads Challenge program, I agree to immediately inform my contact person of any and all infractions, violations, charges and convictions related to any civil, domestic, or criminal occurrences. I understand that America Reads Challenge program coordinator, student leaders, and team leaders need to be fully
    informed to provide the best guidance or support possible.