"Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate."
Applications are accepted year-round, but students are encouraged to apply within the first few weeks of the semester.
America Reads is a federal campaign aimed at providing elementary aged students with the tools and support they need to be able to read successfully and independently by the end of elementary school. The America Counts challenge was initiated soon after the America Reads campaign in an effort to improve student achievement in mathematics. Together these two programs (collectively known as America Reads/America Counts or ARAC) help to provide students with the tools they need to be successful.
We are looking for committed tutors to work in local in-school and afterschool programs:
- Tutors must qualify for and accept their Federal Work Study award.
- Tutors must have an interest in working with children.
- Tutors must be motivated, resourceful, dependable and willing to engage in on-going tutor development.
- A commitment to working in racially, ethnically, and economically diverse communities is a must.
- Tutors must pass a background check and submit all necessary paperwork before beginning.
- Tutors must be willing to commit to 2-5 sessions (or a minimum of 4.5 hours) per week. Hours are flexible.
- Tutors must provide their own means of transportation or secure consistent transportation with a friend or co-worker.
All new hires will be required to attend a mandatory training and orientation before they can begin working. Tutors must also pass a background check and complete fingerprinting with the Bibb County School District before being hired.
America Reads/America Counts currently places eligible work-study students in five different schools in Macon. As an ARAC tutor, you have the option to tutor in any of the following programs. Tutoring schedules are set at the beginning of each semester.
ARAC Tutors support Communities in Schools in-school tutoring program at Ingram-Pye, which runs Monday-Friday from 1-2pm and 2-3pm. This program is specifically targeted to improving student achievement in reading.
1. Ingram-Pye Elementary School: Ingram-Pye is located about a mile from campus at 855 Anthony Road. About 600 students attend the school which serves students in kindergarten through 5th grade. The school is considered a title-one school, with 99% percent of students eligible for free and reduced lunch. visit their website
ARAC Tutors support teachers during the school day and the afterschool program at Alex II, which runs Monday-Friday from 4:00 - 6:00 pm and supports student learning in both reading and math.
2. Alexander II Elementary School: Alex II is located one block from campus on College St. across from Tattnall Square Park. visit their website
3. Riley Elementary School: Riley is located about seven minutes from campus. It serves approximately 400 students and is a Title I School of Distinction. Riley serves elementary age students, 100% of which are considered economically disadvantaged. visit their website
4. Campus Clubs: Campus Clubs is a nonprofit youth agency located just six minutes from campus. They provide afterschool programming and academic enrichment to youth in grades k-12. visit their website