America Reads is an academic enrichment program that sends college students out into the community to mentor youth in local after-school and childcare programs. College students serving as mentors build positive relationships with children, provide homework assistance, enhance social skill development of youth, and facilitate educational games and extracurricular activities while developing their own professional skills.
“The students at WCU are the heartbeat of our program because they provide an immeasurable
service to our younger students… We view WCU as a really important partner. Together,
we are providing academic, social, cultural, and civic support to the most underserved
community of West Chester.”
- Ken Winston, Executive Director of The Charles A Melton Arts & Education Center
If you are a student in need of financial assistance, you may qualify for federal work-study. Work-study students typically can work up to ten hours a week. To apply, applicants must first complete the FAFSA and the Federal Work-Study Student Employment Application.
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 in Lawrence 241 or contact Jeremy Flick. The America Reads program is a great way for students seeking Formal Admittance to Teacher Education (FATE) to obtain the 20 hours of required service.
The mission of the historic Charles A. 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. The New Directions program takes place Monday through Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The mission of the Coatesville Kids to College program is to ensure that all the youth of Coatesville have the skills, resources and supports necessary for them to attend and successfully graduate from a college of their choice.The Coatesville Kids to College program operates Monday through Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
If you are interested in volunteering at this site, please contact Taylor Davey.
Henderson High School's Academic Intervention Program helps students in grades 9 to 12 enhance their academic experience by providing students with the necessary skills and abilities, as well as providing mentoring to the students. The Academic Intervention Program operates Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Allison Cox.
The St. Agnes Day Room prepares preschool aged children to enter into kindergarten by focusing on literacy and academic skill development. The program runs Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.. This is a great placement for students interested in working with youth who speak Spanish.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Emily Myers.
The West Chester Area Day Care Center provides children ranging from infancy to age 12 with a safe, nurturing child care environment combined with a top quality early education program. The program operates Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
If you are interested in volunteering at this site, please contact Victoria Perez.
The YMCA Believe & Achieve program focuses on improving the lives and futures of children in need by providing safe, supervised quality care for children, ages 5 to 15. This program offers free after school care, tutoring, homework help, and mentoring Monday through Friday, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
If you are interested in volunteering at this site, please contact Jacob Browell.
The YMCA Childcare Early Learning Center focuses on providing Pre-K and Kindergarten students with lessons carefully designed to activate children's imaginations and encourage lifelong, positive values. The program operates Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
If you are interested in volunteering at this site, please contact Danielle Williams.
Online reading comprehension games from first grade readers to advanced readers
These online games can be used on the computer or a mobile device. Adobe Flash Player capabilities are necessary for all of the games listed below.