“Every day I work, it’s the best 3 hours of my day.”— CEHD America Reads Literary Mentor Will Quaney.
You deserve a job like that.
We all know that finding a job is hard work. Finding a job that you like is even harder. Finding a job that gives you work experience in your chosen field, has flexible hours, and is fun and rewarding might as well be a job of its own.
Enter America Reads.
America Reads is a literary mentorship program which pairs college-aged mentors with K-8 students in the Twin Cities area. If you have work-study funds, a love of literacy and children, and can commit to two shifts per week, you may be the perfect candidate to be a literary mentor this upcoming school year.
We could keep giving you information about the program, but now that we’ve covered the basics, we’re going to let you hear what past mentors have to say.
“Being a part of America Reads has been one of my favorite college experiences here at the U of M! Most days being with the kids didn’t feel like work at all and it has been a great way to get involved and learn more about the surrounding communities here.”-Amelia Jansky
“For the first time in my life, I truly enjoy going to work, and interacting with children of all ages and backgrounds. America Reads has helped me to find my career path.”- Kayla Jeffery
“As I work with each child, I come in with the mindset that I am mentoring the next President of the U.S., the next lawyer, the next doctor. If I can inspire a love for education and reading in each of my little ones, I am confident that they will grow up to do amazing things.” –Natisha
Read on to discover more reasons why being a literacy mentor is one of the best jobs on campus!
Ten Reasons You Should Apply to Be an America Reads Mentor
10. Because everyone deserve to have a favorite book.
9. Because you get to work with children and gain experience as an instructor… who knew a job could be this awesome?
8. Helping an elementary school student with their homework will be a nice break from your Calculus 5 homework.
7. It is the perfect step for an aspiring teacher to get hands on experience working with students and in a classroom setting.
6. Make connections with the professionals who run the America Reads sites!
5. Because you haven’t outgrown the fun of reading Magic Tree House and The Very Hungry Caterpillar… admit it!
4. There is no feeling quite as good as when a child you mentor remembers your name and is excited to see you each week.
3. You will meet other literacy mentors through the 1-credit, yearlong class that accompanies the program!
2. Because your fridge really could use a hand-drawn picture lovingly crafted by the eight-year-old in your class.
1. You are making a huge and measurable positive impact in a child’s life.
If you have work study funds and are interested in becoming a literacy mentor– and who wouldn’t?– find out more information at their website, Facebook page, or by contacting Jennifer Kohler firstname.lastname@example.org or Megan Pieters at email@example.com.
Happy reading!Photos: Magic Tree House, Books