Summer Reads

Summer Reads AmeriCorps member reads with two children

Summer Reads

Make a difference in a child’s life.

See positions and apply

What is Summer Reads?

Summer Reads provides literacy services and mentorship to low-income children (primarily K-5) in schools, libraries and nonprofit organizations across Minnesota.

Mentors and Coaches bring literacy to life through a variety of activities, including one-to-one tutoring and enrichment activities, using arts and drama to explore language.

Recently, Summer Reads has expanded to include some services for adults!

Image of person reading a children's book. Text: Foster a love of reading for children in your community while growing your own leadership skills. Join us this summer! Apply by May 5.

Summer Reads Mentors serve full-time Monday-Friday 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, U.S. national, legal permanent resident, refugee, asylee, DACA recipient, or have temporary protected status.

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

  • Choice of $1,459 Education Award or $276 post-service cash stipend.

    • *The Segal Education Award option is currently only available to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals or legal permanent residents.

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

  • One-time food assistance funds.

  • 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 Lewis (651-251-9088).