AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs made up of three primary programs that each take a different approach to improving lives and fostering civic engagement. Members commit their time to address critical community needs like increasing academic achievement, mentoring youth, fighting poverty, sustaining national parks, preparing for disasters, and more.
While not required, access to a car makes it easier to travel around most areas of Delaware and to schools. Many schools and training sites are accessible via public transportation (particularly in the Wilmington area), but travel times may be significantly longer.
Reading Assist Fellows who are relocating 50 miles or to serve can receive a $500 relocation allowance. To receive this benefit, you must have relocated at least 50 miles, completed your AmeriCorps application, and passed a background check.
Fellows may qualify for SNAP benefits through the State of Delaware. Reading Assist will guide eligible fellows through the process of securing food stamps at the start of their fellowship term. For more information about SNAP benefits in Delaware, visit the Delaware Department of Health and Human Services website.
Fellows may receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of the required number of service hours. You can apply the award to educational costs, such as federal student loans, college tuition, and educational supplies.
Reading Assist partners with district and charter schools in all three Delaware counties. A majority of our partner schools are located in New Castle County in the Wilmington area, with additional schools in the Dover area (Kent County) and in Seaford, DE (Sussex County). Fellows receive their school assignments during training. Fellows’ home locations are considered when making school placement decisions.
Fellows receive more than 60 hours of training in the accredited Reading Assist Intervention Program. In 2021, we will offer three training sessions, which begin August 9, September 7, and October 18, respectively. Full-time training is 8-3 pm (part-time must attend full-time training). Fellows will learn about the science of reading and how to teach children with language-based learning disabilities.
All fellows are assigned a coach. Reading Assist coaches are experienced literacy experts. Coaches are available to counsel fellows about the reading intervention curriculum, help them navigate issues with students, oversee students’ progress, and help the fellow to adjust instruction as needed.
Reading Assist is a US tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (Tax ID Number: 51-0317415). Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.
Reading Assist continues to adjust its response to COVID-19 based on guidance from local health officials, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and partner schools.
As our staff is working remotely until further notice, please direct all inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org for the fastest response.
In response to continuing school closures due to the pandemic, we have adapted our program so we can provide remote one-on-one intervention to students and training to educators.
At Reading Assist, we believe diversity of thought and ideas makes our work stronger. To achieve this, we must draw from a wide range of perspectives. Reading Assist aims to ensure the children we serve see themselves reflected in those who teach them. We serve a diverse population, and are committed to ensuring our organization reflects and celebrates diversity of culture and thought. We strive to include people in our organization from all backgrounds, inclusive of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, and national origin.