Reading Corps tutor working with student on reading skills.

Students who read have the power to succeed.

Students who are strong readers by the end of third grade are positioned to be strong learners for the rest of their lives. But in Iowa, only 35 percent of students are reading proficiently by the end of third grade. Together, we can change this! The amazing thing about Reading Corps is that we train ordinary people to make an incredible impact as tutors.

How It Works

As part of Reading Corps you’ll spend your days helping students improve the skills they need to succeed. We'll train you to use scripted activities that are proven to help students build their skills and you can choose to serve part-time or full-time at a school near you. Every day, you'll spend 20 minutes with each student who needs extra support. You'll see the same students every day and that means kids receive 100 minutes of tutoring every week. 


That extra practice and skill building pays off!

After a single semester, the average kindergarten student in Reading Corps performs twice as well as their peers, and elementary students who receive support from Reading Corps are three times less likely to be referred for special education!

Who Can Join

Are you ready to make a difference? Reading Corps is perfect for recent grads, career changers, parents, and retirees!

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age at the beginning of service
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the U.S.*
  • Have served three or fewer terms in AmeriCorps State or National program

*Applicants who have received deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) are not eligible to serve as AmeriCorps members at this time. 

Perks Overview


Stipend paid every two weeks

Education Benefits

Tuition Assistance, Loan Forbearance, Interest Repayment

Health Insurance

Available in most states with no monthly premium

Child Care Assistance

Based on Income & Family Size


Start Your Application Today!

With your help, we can give kids more — more opportunities, more success and more confidence.

Iowa Reading Corps Overview

Reading Corps is an evidence-based AmeriCorps program dedicated to helping all children become strong readers. Tutors placed in local schools, work in pairs or one-on-one with students to help improve their skills. Rigorous third-party evaluation has consistently shown that students in Reading Corps make greater gains and faster progress. Building on success in Minnesota, the program is replicated nationally in 14 states and the District of Columbia. Learn more at readingandmath.org.

AmeriCorps Overview

AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and volunteerism, provides opportunities for Americans to serve their country domestically, address the nation's most pressing challenges, improve lives and communities, and strengthen civic engagement. Each year, the agency places more than 200,000 AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers in intensive service roles; and empowers millions more to serve as long-term, short-term, or one-time volunteers. Learn more at www.americorps.gov.