Office of Service-Learning
& Volunteer Programs

West Chester University

Office Location: B 19 Killinger Hall
Mailing Address: 238 Sykes Union
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-3379


Work Study America Reads

 

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The America Reads program offers West Chester University students the incredible opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children. Through tutoring, mentoring, and homework assistance, you will help to foster educational growth in the children you work with.










What is America Reads?

America Reads started as a national literacy campaign in 1996 by the Clinton administration. The goal of America Reads is to recruit “one million volunteer reading tutors ready and able to give children the personal attention they need to catch up and get ahead.” To learn more about the Federal Work Study America Reads program, please click the link to the Campus Compact website.

What will I be doing?

  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Homework assistance
  • Facilitating educational games and extracurricular activities

How do I get involved?

  1. Work Study
    If you are a student in need of financial assistance, you may qualify for work study. If you qualify, you will receive $10.00/hour for your work as an America Reads tutor. Work study students may work up to ten hours a week. To apply, applicants should fill out the FAFSA and the Federal Work Student Employment Application.

  2. Volunteer
    You can also participate in America Reads as a volunteer. To volunteer for this program, please visit the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs. The America Reads program is a great way for students seeking Formal Admittance to Teacher Education (FATE) to obtain the 20 hours of service required.

Become a Site Leader!

If you would like to enhance your leadership skills while mentoring children, this is the position for you.

    

     Major Responsibilities include: 

  • Provide academic enrichment to youth
  • Assist the agency with volunteer recruitment and retaining of off campus community service work study students and volunteers
  • Assist agency staff with coordinating training and orientation for off campus community service work study students and volunteers
  • Work closely and in partnership with the community partner on all aspects of the program
  • Coordinate logistics and carpooling for all off campus community service work study students and volunteers
  • Facilitate monthly meetings and group reflections for all off campus community service work study students and volunteers
  • Maintain and update a program roster, attendance, and community service hours for volunteers
  • Recognize volunteers for their contributions in the community
  • Attend the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs orientation fall semester, spring semester training, and bi-weekly meetings
  • Attend regular workshops, meetings, and trainings led by the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs; including the Volunteer Fair and monthly service projects
  • Participate as a student leader in all aspects of Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs; including representing the organization on campus and in the community
  • Other tasks as assigned by supervisors

    To apply, go to the Site Leader application link: https://orgsync.com/34350/forms/100908

Applications for Fall 2014 Site Leaders are due on April 9, 2014

Interviews will be held April 14th through April 18th

             

There are 6 local America Reads programs:

Sankofka Academy Charter School
Located in the borough of West Chester, Sankofa Academy is a free public charter school serving students in grades 6 through 12. The students are primarily Black and African American. Sankofa Academy relies on The Nguzo Saba, which are principles used to foster balance in the individual, or community. The program runs Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Karen Lawson at KL743941@wcupa.edu.

Scott Middle School
Scott Middle School is located in Coatesville, PA and is serving students in grades 6- 8. Scott Middle School fosters and expects excellence from their staff and students and recognizes the leadership potential in all students. The program runs Monday - Thursday 2:30pm - 5:00pm. This is a great placement for students interested in working with youth who speak Spanish. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Devin Kirby at DK770544@wcupa.edu.

Care Center Foundation
The Care Center provides free child care for low income families in West Chester. The Care Center is viewed as a place of safety and security for neighborhood families and their children. The program runs Monday - Friday 7:30am - 5:00pm, but the after school program specifically runs from 3:00 pm- 5:00pm and includes homework help and assistance in implementing math and reading curriculum. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Christina Alverez at CA729147@wcupa.edu.

West Chester Area YMCA - Believe & Achieve Program
The YMCA PAL program focuses on improving the lives and futures of children in need by providing safe, supervised quality care for ages 5 to 15. YPAL provides free after school care, tutoring, homework help, mentoring, etc… five days a week. The program runs Monday - Friday from 3:00pm - 6:00pm. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kevin Beal at KB738937@wcupa.edu.

The Melton Center - New Directions After School Program
The mission of the historic Melton Center is to contribute to the quality of life for all people of the greater West Chester community by continuing its long commitment of providing educational, recreational, cultural, and civic services. New Directions takes place Monday - Thursday 3:00pm - 6:00pm. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Christine Sferco at CS734059@wcupa.edu.

West Chester Area YMCA - Early Childhood Learning Center
At the YMCA every project is carefully designed to activate childrens’ imaginations and encourage lifelong, positive values.The program runs from Monday - Friday 6:30am - 6:30pm.  America Reads students work with the Pre-Kindergarden and Kindergarden students. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Nicole Campbell at NC767078@wcupa.edu

For more information about the America Reads program, contact Sierra Calaman at (610) 436-3379.