The Fellowship

Now Recruiting for 2022-23

Reading Assist Fellows dedicate a school year of service and help struggling readers most in need of help.
We are now recruiting for the 2022-23 school year:

About the Fellowship

Reading Assist Fellows serve in elementary schools across Delaware, providing one-on-one reading instruction to students in kindergarten through third grade who face significant reading challenges. Fellows teach foundational reading skills to students who might never learn to read through traditional classroom education.  

Fellows work with up to 8 students for 30-45 minutes each day and meet with an experienced coach every week for support and feedback.  

The Reading Assist Fellowship, an AmeriCorps program, requires 1200 service hours (900 if part-time) to be completed by June 9, 2023. To serve during the 2022-23 school year, fellows can choose to begin training on August 15, 2022, or September 6, 2022. 

Fellows begin with five weeks of full-time, graduate-level training (conducted online) and then are embedded into high-needs elementary schools in Delaware. Fellows transform the lives of students who may have with have dyslexia or other reading disorders.  

Reading Assist Fellows receive many benefits, including:

  • 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. 

We seek passionate, capable tutors willing to serve the students and the community. You do not need teaching experience, but you must be ready to commit to students for the entire school year.

  • Willingness to commit to a full school year of service, serving Monday-Friday from approximately 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 11 a.m.-3:30 pm. if part-time) in schools 
  • Ability to blend, segment, and manipulate sounds within words 
  • Willingness to work with children in kindergarten through third grade, including children who may have behavioral challenges in addition to academic needs 
  • Interest in literacy, education, and community service 
  • Demonstrate resilience, adaptability, and professionalism 
  • Maintain a patient and flexible mindset 
  • Openness to constructive feedback 
  • Complete an AmeriCorps application
  • Submit to background checks and fingerprints 
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien 
  • College degree preferred 
  • Must be proficient with Google Drive, Zoom, PowerPoint, and email 
  • Must have a computer (laptop or desktop) 
  • Proficiency in Spanish a plus

Ready to Apply?

Change the life of a struggling reader while you gain professional experience.

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