What You’ll Do
Joyful Readers tutors provide small group reading tutoring to students in kindergarten through 3rd grade. Our AmeriCorps tutors meet with 2 students a time, making sure they can provide the attention students need to get caught up on critical reading skills.
Your service year starts August 31 with a month of full-time training alongside the other AmeriCorps tutors in your cohort. We dive deep into training you on how to build great relationships with students and teachers and become an effective tutor. Part of our training includes the AIM Institute for Learning & Research Pathways to Proficient Reading course, a graduate-level course that helps educators learn about the science of reading. You can earn 3 graduate credits from Arcadia University (paid for by Joyful Readers) through the completion of your training.
In October, you will be placed in a Philadelphia elementary school until the end of May. You’ll tutor students for 30 minutes a day, Monday through Friday, supporting a caseload of up to 22 students (11 groups) who need a reading tutor. Every week, you’ll meet with your literacy coach to get feedback and support. Throughout the year, you’ll have opportunities to collaborate with staff at your school and connect with the Joyful Readers tutors and staff serving around the city.
The Joyful Readers team is there to make sure that your service year is successful and effective. We’re here to support you as you help students learn to read!
You will receive:
A $2,100 monthly living allowance (paid at the middle and end of each month)
A $4,826.50 education award that can be used to go to school or pay back federal student loans* upon successful completion of the service year (*Members who are 55 years of age or older when they begin service may gift the education award to a child or grandchild.)
Health and Dental Insurance Reimbursement (if needed)
Loan forbearance and interest accrual payments for qualified student loans
The opportunity to receive 3 graduate credits in reading instruction from Arcadia University, paid for by Joyful Readers (must have a bachelor’s degree to receive credits)
Access to the Philadelphia AmeriCorps emergency fund (if needed)
Childcare benefits paid by AmeriCorps (if needed)
A resume-building professional experience that provides experience in education, teamwork, data analysis, communication and more
Most importantly, the opportunity to change the lives of Philadelphia students!
Who You Are
Maybe you’ve just graduated from college, you’ve just retired, or you’re ready for a career change. Maybe you’re graduating high school and you’re ready for a real-world challenge. Maybe you’ve always been interested in education, but you want a chance to get your feet wet before exploring a teaching career. Maybe you just want a way to make sure that students who need extra help in school can get it.
We think a lot of people have the potential to be great tutors.
To be eligible to serve with Joyful Readers you must:
Be available to serve full-time August 31 through May 30
Be able to blend, segment, and manipulate sounds within words
Enjoy helping kids in grades K-3
Be at least 18 years old by August 15, 2023
Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident. Unfortunately, authorization to work in the U.S. is not sufficient and those with DACA status are not eligible at this time.
Have at least a high school diploma or GED
Have served no more than 3 terms in an AmeriCorps state or national program
Agree to complete a background check
How to Apply
Visit https://joyfulreaders.org/apply-to-serve/ to submit your application online.
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $2,100.00 per month
Employee assistance program
Paid time off
8 hour shift
Monday to Friday
Work Location: One locationHealth insurance