America Reads

America Reads Tutoring Program

Living the Jesuit Tradition

The Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good oversees the America Reads program at the University of San Francisco.

America Reads Tutors provide literacy tutoring to Kindergarten through 3rd grade students in San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) sites and community centers. The America Reads program also offers undergraduate students opportunities for advancement through leadership development and peer-to-peer supervision, after one year of committed and successful employment.

Tutors work with America Reads staff to create a schedule that works for them, and generally commit between 6 and 15 hours per week during the Fall and Spring semesters. The hourly wage for this position starts at $16.00/hour. Please view the Position Description below for more details.

 America Reads Tutor PD 2017-2018.pdf

New America Reads tutors also receive support by participating in a one-credit, once-a-week training course, specifically developed for the America Reads program. In the Fall, tutors can choose between two sections of the course, and in the Spring there is typically one section offered.


Hiring Requirements

All USF students awarded Federal Work Study who are taking less than 18 credits are welcomed to apply.

Requirements to become an America Reads Tutor and application submission

If you have any questions, please email

Quotes from America Reads Tutors

"Have you ever seen a child's eyes light up when they finish reading a word, book, sentence? America Reads allowed me to help light up children's eyes."

-Nathalie, Rosa Parks Elementary

“Working with students on reading and literacy becomes so much more tutoring and teaching skills. Through America Reads you form such deep connections with the students. Their hardships and trials become your own just as you come to rejoice and celebrate in their small learning victories.”

-Lucy, Rosa Parks Elementary

“Being an America Reads Tutor has been rewarding for both me and the students. It’s exciting to meet new students from all walks of life and try to understand where they came from. In the literacy aspect, I always find it fascinating when these students make connections to their own life as we go through the reading material. It really motivates them to keep learning new things and it encourages me to provide my best in teaching them about the importance of reading.”

-Briane M., Sanchez Elementary School


“Being an American Reads tutor has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my freshman year. The connections that I have made with my students and staff have impacted me deeply and have opened my eyes to a whole different culture. I would 100% recommend applying if you are interested.”

-Noemi C., Prince Hall


“Working as an America Reads Tutor has been challenging, but also immensely rewarding at the same time. You never know what to expect when you go to your site, and that is part of the fun, but the challenge as well. Working at an after-school site, like Magic Zone, made me more aware of the challenges students face in learning, and more aware of issues in the educational system overall. Most importantly though, I now feel like I understand their stories better, and have an even larger respect for teachers and educators.”

-Connie Y., Magic Zone


“I love having the experience of working in a classroom and with kids. It inspired me to go into teaching and join the Dual Degree Teaching Program. I just love seeing the smiles on their faces when they learn and master something new.”

-Rosy P., George Peabody Elementary School


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