Summer Reads

Summer Reads AmeriCorps member reads with two children

Summer Reads

Make a difference in a child’s life.

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What is Summer Reads?

Summer Reads members serve as literacy mentors and tutors to low-income children (primarily K-5) in schools, libraries and nonprofit organizations across Minnesota. They bring literacy to life through a variety of activities, including one-on-one tutoring, enrichment activities, using arts and drama to explore language, practicing vocabulary and comprehension, developing home learning materials, and more.

Image of person reading a children's book. Text: Participate in targeted, built-in development opportunities and serve alongside seasoned professionals. Apply by April 29.

Summer Reads Mentors serve full-time Monday-Friday (daytime hours) for 8 weeks from June 20 to August 14. Site placements are available in many locations statewide.

Benefits and eligibility

  • Must be 18 by service enrollment 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 $1,342 Education Award or $276 post-service cash stipend (Education Award only available to U.S. Citizens; U.S. Nationals; or Lawful Permanent Residents).

  • Bi-weekly living allowance of approximately $675 (pre-tax).

  • $100 per summer service term in housing assistance (paid directly to landlord, mortgage company or utility company).

  • Training and professional development.

  • Current public benefits will not be affected by service.

  • Individuals who receive unemployment benefits prior to service will still be able to continue receiving those benefits after service ends.

  • Click here for more information about benefits.

Apply for a Summer Reads position


Please contact Stevie at, 651-251-9088.