• Family Child Care Reading Buddy — Minneapolis

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    Thousands of Minnesota kids need help in reading and you can make all the difference. Offer your time and talent as a tutor and be more for these students.


    This position is part of an innovative project to provide early literacy support to children in family child care settings. As a Family Child Care Reading Buddy, you’ll help children in Licensed Family Child Care settings become better readers. With great training and coaching, we’ll prepare you to work in big groups and small groups to help birth to 5 year olds develop their early literacy skills and confidence before starting Kindergarten!


    We are currently recruiting and Reading Buddies have the option of beginning in November 2019 or January 2020.


    This is an AmeriCorps member position with Minnesota Reading Corps. Although the earnings are modest, the rewards are great! You’ll join an amazing group of more than 1,000 Minnesota AmeriCorps members, determined to help students be more.

    What to Expect

    • Be a change maker by providing one-on-one or small group scripted interventions.
    • Be the reason struggling students begin to build their confidence and skills in literacy.
    • Be ready to grow by participating in coaching sessions to review student progress, plan, problem solve, and set goals.
    • Be prepared to make an impact by participating in training and professional development throughout your term of service.
    • Be the motivation and represent Reading Corps at site events (e.g., family night) to help build awareness of Reading Corps and early literacy.
    • Be an ambassador of the program by sharing your experience with the wider community.

    Perks as a Tutor

    Give your time as a Reading Buddy serving 12 hours each week and you’ll receive a perks package that includes:


    • Stipend (paid every two weeks) - $290.10
    • Education Award - $1,289.95
    • Federal Student Loan Forbearance & Interest Repayment
    • Mileage reimbursement


    Note: The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award can be used to pay tuition or repay qualified student loans. Individuals 55+ may gift their award to their child, grandchild or foster child.

    What it Takes

    Great tutors come from all walks of life. Whether you are 18 or 85, the most important qualification is a desire to help children succeed. That said, you also need to meet the following minimum qualifications by the time you begin your service.


    • Must have reliable transportation to travel to multiple Family Child Care locations daily.
    • Must be 18 years of age or older by your start date.
    • Must have at least a high school diploma or recognized equivalent by your start date.
    • Must be either a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident of the United States.
    • Must pass mandatory pre-service background check.
    • Speak, read and write English fluently.
    • Interest in changing education disparities, specifically helping young children develop early language and literacy skills.
    • Dedication to community service.
    • Basic computer skills, including the ability to navigate online systems and email.
    • Energetic, results-oriented, student-focused style.
    • Strong ability to plan, time-management, and stay organize.
    • Strong capacity to be flexible and adaptable to varied circumstances, paired with a conscientious commitment to adhere to the Minnesota Reading Corps tutoring model with fidelity.
    • Consistent follow-through and quick response to tasks and assignments received via email.
    • Ability to accept and incorporate constructive feedback from Coaches and Program Staff.
    • Previous experience working with diverse racial communities.
    • Ability to manage situations in challenging and high-pressure environment.
    • Strong personal standards of excellence, ethics, and integrity.
    • Flexible and adaptable to change, open to ideas and willing to try new things, and comfortable working with a project in development


    *Applicants who have received deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are not eligible to serve as AmeriCorps members at this time.

    Want to Learn More?

    Click here to view the full position description.

    About our Organization

    Minnesota Reading Corps is an AmeriCorps program that helps more than 30,000 Minnesota children, age 3 to grade 3, become successful readers each year. Started in 2004, the program has helped more than 200,000 children improve their skills and become better readers. Rigorous third party evaluation has consistently shown that students who have Reading Corps make greater gains. What’s more — students with traditional risk factors make even greater gains than their peers! Building on success in Minnesota, Reading Corps is replicated nationally in 12 states and the District of Columbia.


    Minnesota Reading Corps is administered by Reading & Math, Inc., a national nonprofit based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Reading & Math, Inc. also administers Florida Reading Corps, Wisconsin Reading Corps, Minnesota Math Corps, Georgia Math Corps, Minnesota Opportunity Corps and Minnesota Recovery Corps.


    Reading & Math, Inc. will not discriminate for or against any AmeriCorps service member or applicant on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, familial status, disability, sexual orientation, age, or any other category protected by law. Reasonable accommodations provided upon request. This document is available in alternative formats.



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