About Us — RAI Reading Corps seeks full time tutors to join AmeriCorps program

Reading Assist Institute in Wilmington is proud to welcome 15 full-time AmeriCorps volunteers to its ranks beginning in the fall of 2015, as part of a pilot program that will dramatically increase the number of struggling students who receive intensive reading intervention in school every year.

Applications are still being accepted to join the RAI Reading Corps, which will launch in August 2015 as a pilot program inside the Colonial School District.

The RAI Reading Corps tutors will work with students in first, second and third grades in need of intensive reading intervention, said RAI Executive Director Vickie Innes. Tutors will work with students five days a week.

“With 62% of Delaware public school fourth grade students performing below grade level in reading, these types of programs are critical to student academic success,” said Delaware Secretary for Education Mark Murphy. “The Delaware Department of Education believes that providing these additional AmeriCorps service members as tutoring support will lead to strengthening Delaware’s goals of a first class educational system where all children and youth have the opportunities they need to support and achieve their individual potential.”

Every RAI Reading Corps tutor will be trained in the RAI reading intervention program before going into the schools. The program, grounded in Orton-Gillingham principles, is designed to help students who face even the most severe reading challenges, teaching students the skills that comprise the mechanics of reading, including phonological awareness, knowledge of letters and their corresponding sounds, and the ability to “sound out” or decode words accurately.

AmeriCorps members receive a living allowance, health benefits, the opportunity to defer student loans with most loan providers and childcare (if eligible). Upon successful completion of the program, members will receive an education grant that can be used towards qualified education expenses or to repay student loans.

For more information about applying to the RAI Reading Corps program, go to www.readingassist.org/get-involved. More information about AmeriCorps programs and grants is available at www.nationalservice.org.

Reading Assist is also looking for community volunteers willing to read with students to support children in the RAI Reading Corps program. These “practice readers” will receive a few hours of training before working with students inside the schools once a week. For more information, go to www.readingassist.org.