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To access the Spring 2014 America Reads/America Counts New Tutor Application, please CLICK HERE.
To access the Spring 2014 America Reads/America Counts Returning Tutor Application, please CLICK HERE.
The America Reads/America Counts (ARAC) program is designed to enhance primary-level reading and math skills of children in Durham, while providing Duke University students the opportunity to gain work experience and give back to their community. ARAC tutors are funded through Federal Work Study. The program is coordinated through the Duke Community Service Center (CSC). Check out our video America Reads and Counts - Duke University (2010) from Pilar Timpane on Vimeo.
Tutors will provide one-to-one and/or small group instruction for school age children in the Durham area. Tutors will select a local school or afterschool program based on best fit, hours of availability, school needs, and location. The focus will be on increasing the reading and writing proficiency and the mathematical skills of these children. Tutors will report to the ARAC Program Coordinator and Payroll Administrator. Each school will have a site coordinator to assist interns with scheduling and school familiarity, and a Head Tutor for on-going professional development and mentoring. Tutors work during the school and afterschool hours of 8 AM to 6 PM Monday through Friday.
- For paid positions, tutors must be eligible for federal work-study funding as determined by the Duke University Financial Aid Office. Please confirm your eligibility with the Financial Aid Services prior to applying for a position. The ARAC program must be your PRIMARY Employer for Federal Work Study.
- Tutors must have an interest in working children; previous experience with children is preferred.
- 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, if working in a Durham Public School or afterschool program.
- Applicants who can work a minimum of 4 hours per week will be given preference.
1. Submit an online application through the CSC-ARAC website.
2. The ARAC Program staff will interview applicants who pass the initial application screening.
3. During the interview applicants will be asked to bring documentation to confirm Federal Work Study Eligibility.
4. If offered a position, ARAC Program staff will work with each tutor to determine which tutoring assignment will be the best fit for the school and the tutor.
5. Tutor is expected to attend an orientation prior to assignment, and on-going training sessions which are required of all tutors.
Undergraduate students: $13.25/hourly
Graduate students: $16.25/hourly
Girija Mahajan, Program Coordinator
Pat Nobles, Staff Specialist (Payroll)