Department: Community Service-Learning
Hourly Rate: $9.00
Employment Type: Federal Work-Study

Is the Community-Engaged Federal Work Study program right for you?

  • Do you enjoy engaging with the local community?
  • Can you commit to working a regular schedule for at least one semester?
  • Will you attend a pre-service orientation session and monthly meetings?
  • Can you maintain regular communication with agency supervisor?

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

What will you do?

Although each position in the Community-Engaged FWS program is unique, all students participating in this program will be connected with a local nonprofit or public school based on the compatibility of the student’s skills, interests, availability, and transportation options (i.e., walking, personal vehicle, bike, and/or bus) with the goals and needs of the community organization. 

After receiving a position within the Community-Engaged FWS program, students must complete all new hire paperwork, participate in an on-campus program orientation, and receive final approval by CS-L and Student Employment before contacting their on-site supervisor. 

After meeting with the on-site supervisor and determining a mutually agreed upon weekly work schedule, the student will be expected to:

  • Maintain a regular schedule working between 6 to 20 hours each week;
  • Document and submit hours worked on the time sheet provided twice a month (following the due dates established on Canvas);
  • Participate in monthly meetings with fellow students in this program; and 
  • Communicate regularly with site-supervisor and program coordinator.

How will you be chosen?

Selection will be based upon:

  • Eligibility to earn a Federal Work-Study award. Students must submit an electronic copy of their financial aid award letter stating eligibility for FWS with their application;
  • Completion of an application on Joblink
  • Satisfactory completion of an interview with CS-L staff; and
  • Compatibility of skills, interests, availability, and transportation options (i.e., walking, personal vehicle, bike, and/or bus) with current openings.

How will you be placed?

Students participating in this program will be connected with a local nonprofit or public school based on the compatibility of the student’s skills, interests, availability, and transportation options (i.e., walking, personal vehicle, bike, and/or bus) with the goals and needs of the community organization.

Where are the non-profit agencies?

Currently, we have partnerships with organizations in Harrisonburg, Staunton, Rockingham County, Shenandoah County, and Augusta County.

How much time will be required?

Students determine how much they would like to work based upon their award amount and class schedule. Given that organizations rely on the consistency of their team, students will need to maintain their regular schedule each week. In general, students should plan to devote approximately 6 to 20 hours per week.

How will you be paid?

Community-Engaged FWS students are paid $9.00 per hour for the time worked. This will include all orientation and training sessions, monthly meetings, and on-site hours. Students are paid twice a month based on the hours submitted on the time sheet two weeks prior to the payday.


Is the America Reads Federal Work Study program right for you?

  • Do you enjoy working with elementary-aged children?
  • Are you interested in contributing to the success of children while enhancing your educational experience through community service?
  • Can you commit to working a regular schedule for the academic year?
  • Will you attend a pre-service orientation session and monthly meetings?
  • 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 you do as an America Reads mentor?

America Reads mentors provide tutorial support in reading comprehension and academic enrichment for children in local elementary schools. Each mentor is supervised by a teacher at the local school who has expertise in literacy and language development. 

As a part of the America Reads FWS program, mentors are expected to:

  • Maintain a regular, agreed upon schedule working between 6 to 10 hours each week;
  • Document and submit hours worked on the time sheet provided twice a month (following the due dates established on Canvas);
  • Participate in monthly meetings with fellow students in this program; and 
  • Communicate regularly with site-supervisor and program coordinator.

How will you be chosen?

Selection will be based upon:

  • Eligibility to earn a Federal Work-Study award. Students must submit an electronic copy of their financial aid award letter stating eligibility for FWS with their application;
  • Completion of an application on Joblink
  • Satisfactory completion of an interview with CS-L staff; and
  • Compatibility of skills, interests, availability, and transportation options (i.e., walking, personal vehicle, bike, and/or bus) with current openings.

How will you be placed?

Mentors will be connected with schools based on compatibility of skills, interests, availability, and transportation options (i.e., walking, personal vehicle, bike, and/or bus) with current openings. Although different schools will prioritize different schedules for mentors, the school day in the operates from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and several county schools have after-school programs to operate until 6:00 p.m. 

Where are the schools?

Currently, we have partnerships with schools in Rockingham County and Harrisonburg City.

How much time will be required?

Students determine how much they would like to work based upon their award amount and class schedule. Given that organizations rely on the consistency of their team, students will need to maintain their regular schedule each week. In general, students should plan to devote approximately 6 to 10 hours per week while JMU classes are in session.

How will you be paid?

America Reads FWS students are paid $9.00 per hour for the time worked. This includes all orientation and training sessions, monthly meetings, and in-school hours. Students are paid twice a month based on the hours submitted on the time sheet two weeks prior to the payday.

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