Summer Reads

Summer Reads VISTA reads with two children
AmeriCorps VISTA

Summer Reads

Make a difference in a child’s life.

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Summer Reads VISTAs work to fight the summer slide—the decline of literacy skills in low-income children—for 8 weeks over the summer. At schools and community sites, they provide reading tutoring to children who are performing below grade level and are most in need of support. VISTAs also lead small groups in creative and educational enrichment. 

Summer Reads members serve in pairs at one or two placement sites Monday-Friday (daytime hours). Program runs June 15 - August 9, 2020. Site placements available in many locations statewide. Priority application deadline: March 27.

Benefits and eligibility

  • Must be 18 by service start date 

  • Must be a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident, refugee, asylee, or DACA recipient 

  • Must serve full-time for 8 weeks from June through August, or 10 weeks for Outreach Specialists 

  • Choice of $1,311 Education Award or $276 post-service cash stipend (Education Award only available to U.S. Citizens; U.S. Nationals; or Lawful Permanent Resident Aliens)

  • Bi-weekly living allowance of approximately $491 (Twin Cities) or $479 (greater Minnesota) 

  • Training and professional development

  • Click here for more information about benefits

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