Department: Community Service-Learning
Hourly Rate: $8.00
Employment Type: Federal Work-Study

Is this program right for you?
  • Do you enjoy working and have patience with young children?
  • Are you interested in contributing to the success of young children while enhancing your educational experience through community service?
  • Can you commit to at least one semester of service?
  • Are you able to be punctual and show up at your assigned school at the pre-arranged time each week?
  • Will you be available to attend a pre-service orientation session and ongoing training sessions?
  • Can you maintain regular communication with teachers at your school?

If you answered yes to all of these questions, then the program is right for you!

What will America Reads tutors do?
America Reads tutors provide tutorial support specifically and exclusively in reading for children in the public school in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Each tutoring session is guided by a teacher at the local school who has expertise in reading. Tutors will attend orientation and training sessions in September at JMU and on-going in-service sessions during the academic year. These sessions are required and are usually in the evenings once a semester held on the JMU campus.
How will tutors be chosen?
Selection will be based upon:
  • Eligibility as a Work-study grant recipient. Students must present financial aid award letter stating eligibility for federal work study prior to submitting an application.
  • Completion of an application and all paperwork and you must not begin working until a contract with Community Service-Learning has been signed OR you will not be paid for the hours worked.
  • Participation in a pre-placement orientation session
  • Ability to commit to the responsibilities of a tutor
  • Desire to work with young children
How will tutors be placed?
The placement of tutors will be based upon each tutor's availability, needs of the participating schools and transportation consideration. City schools need students between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00p.m. County schools can use students between 8:30a.m. and 5:30p.m. Several county schools have after-school programs. Each school has a set schedule for when tutors are needed.
Where are the schools?
Currently, we have partnerships with schools in Rockingham County and Harrisonburg City.
How much time will be required?
Tutors determine how much they would like to work based upon their award and school schedule. However, they must commit to the same number of hours each week. Schools and children depend on a consistent and regular schedule. Hours include tutoring in the schools and required monthly training sessions. In general, tutors can expect to devote approximately 6 - 10 hours per week. Ten (10) hours per week is the maximum a student can work.
How will the students be paid?
The rate of pay is $8.00 per hour. Students are only paid for actual hours worked. This will include all orientation and training sessions, team meetings, and in-school tutoring hours. Payment will be made according to terms established by the Federal Work-Study Program.

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