Frequently Asked Questions

Thinking about becoming a Reading Assist Fellow?

Get answers to help guide your decision.

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.

Yes. But we recommend fellows take no more than two classes while serving.

Yes. Many fellows work part-time jobs after their regular service day to earn extra money toward their expenses.

Fellows are expected to travel to their school sites every school day to serve their students. There is no mileage reimbursement for this travel.

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.

Fellows are responsible for securing their own housing. Helpful resources to find apartments in the Wilmington area include:
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  • A $800 biweekly living allowance ($500/biweekly if part-time) 
  • A $4,500 education award (determined by the Pell Grant) upon successful completion of 1200 service hours ($3,200 for part-time, 900 service hours) 
  • A $500 relocation allowance if moving 50 miles or more to serve 
  • Student loan deferment  
  • An opportunity to receive professional certification in reading intervention  
  • Resume-building professional experience  
  • Education sector exposure  
  • Healthcare benefits (full-time only) 
  • Childcare (if needed) 

*Members who are 55 years of age or older when they begin service may gift the education award to a child or grandchild.

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.

Yes, healthcare benefits are available for full-time members serving 1200 hours. View our current healthcare plan

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 2022, we will offer two training sessions, which begin August 15 and September 6. Full-time training is 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (part-time fellows 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.

All fellows are placed in schools with at least one other fellow.