The America Reads/Counts program at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth places college student tutors in community centers, local elementary and middle schools, and preschools to provide classroom support and individual attention to struggling and at-risk students. Through continued training, tutor supervision, evaluation, and teacher collaboration, our America Reads/Counts program strives to:

  • increase the level of mathematics understanding of local students from pre-K through 8th grade
  • increase the reading levels of local children from pre-K to fifth grade
  • increase university students’ involvement in the community
  • strengthen the partnership between the university and the local community


Any undergraduate who is able to make a minimum 3-hour commitment per week and falls under one or more of the following categories: student awarded federal work-study, student awarded a Leduc Leadership position, student earning credit through experiential education (depending on the professor and the course), student earning credit through an internship, or volunteers. Volunteers are always welcome!


The minimum responsibilities of a tutor include attending all training and tutoring sessions, committing to a minimum of three hours per week, demonstrating consistent and punctual attendance, and demonstrating a desire to work with young children.


Transportation is provided through the America Reads*Counts program. A Corsair shuttle transports students to and from their tutoring sites. Tutors who have vehicles on campus may also drive themselves.


Tutors are paid a minimum of $11 per hour. Tutors are paid for the time spent tutoring, attending training sessions, and in transit to/from the site.

How to Apply

If you are interested in serving as an America Reads/Counts tutor, please contact us. We hire new tutors prior to the start of each semester. We start hiring for the fall semester in May and for the spring semester in November.

You will need to complete the application and necessary paperwork, including a CORI background check, before you can start work.