Why Serve

Change a Life

As a Reading Assist Fellow, you’ll help transform students facing significant reading challenges into successful readers.

Help a Child Learn to Read

Students who are still struggling to read by the end of third grade are more than twice as likely to drop out of high school, while low-income students are more than five times as likely not to complete high school. Children need to reach reading proficiency early in their educational journey so they are not left behind.

Grow Your Career While Giving Back

Serve a year with Reading Assist and gain invaluable skills and experience.

  • Teaching experience 
  • Opportunity to work in a high-needs school setting 
  • Professional exposure 
  • Mentoring from experienced coaches  
  • Professional connections in education, public policy, and nonprofit sectors 
  • Graduate-level credit opportunities 
How It Works

Discover Your Path

One year of training prepares fellows for endless opportunities. 

What our alumni have gone on to do: 

  • Teacher, Landmark School (Beverly, MA) 
  • Special education teacher, Thomas Edison Charter School 
  • Public policy graduate program, University of Delaware 
  • Social work graduate program, Case Western Reserve University 
  • Policy associate, Rodel Foundation 
  • Vanderbilt University Law School 
  • Speech pathology graduate program, St. Cloud State University 
  • High school science teacher, Charter School of Wilmington 
  • ELL graduate program, University of Delaware

Don’t wait, apply today!

Become a Fellow

“After graduating from college, like a lot of other young adults my age, I felt very lost and confused about where I was going in life. I still had no idea what I wanted to do, no idea where I wanted to go, and no idea of what to do in the meantime. This year has been a transformative experience for me. Never would I have thought I would be leaving for a teaching job just one month after the end of this program.”

– Rachel, 2018-19 Reading Assist Fellow

“When I began with Reading Assist I was very unsure of what I wanted to do with my career. Reading Assist has taught me so many valuable skills, for both teaching and life, that have helped me to realize that I want to continue in education.”

– Christie, 2019-20 Reading Assist Fellow