I recently received an email about the need for reading and math tutors with Minnesota Reading and Math Corps.  You can even earn money for college or to pay back loans....and just think of the hands on life experience you'll gain.  Would you like to make a difference in a young person's life?  If you have the skill to share, read how you can help.

Responding to an increasing need to help Minnesota children with reading and math, two AmeriCorps programs are recruiting more than 900 tutors across the state – their largest effort ever. One out of every four Minnesota third graders does not read at grade level, and more than 40 percent of the state’s eighth graders do not meet math proficiency standards.

In response, Minnesota Reading Corps, one of the largest AmeriCorps programs in the country, is about to get even larger as it works to recruit more than 800 tutors for the 2011-2012 school year, up from 670 this year. Minnesota Reading Corps, a statewide initiative to help every Minnesota child become a successful reader by the end of 3rd grade, places AmeriCorps tutors in preschool and elementary schools to implement researched-based early-literacy instruction efforts to help struggling readers. Full-time and part-time positions will be available in locations around the state, including elementary schools, Head Start programs, community preschools, and ECFE classrooms. Since 2003, the program has worked with more than 25,000 children.

Minnesota Math Corps recruits and trains AmeriCorps tutors to provide extra support to students in 4th through 8th grade who are struggling with math. Tutors receive extensive training and are equipped with effective research-based math instruction methods. Math Corps has expanded each year since 2008 and expects to place 100 tutors in various schools for the 2011-2012 school year. Applications for both programsare now being accepted for positions throughout the state, and are available at www.MinnesotaReadingCorps.org and www.MinnesotaMathCorps.org.

Minnesota Reading Corps and Minnesota Math Corps tutors commit to 11 months of service that begins in August. In addition to receiving valuable hands-on experience, tutors earn an education award of up to $5,550 to pay for college or to pay back federal student loans, a modest living allowance and other benefits, including the option to transfer the award to a child or grandchild if the tutor is 55 or older.

Minnesota Reading Corps, a strategic initiative of ServeMinnesota, is a statewide program to help every Minnesota child become a successful reader. The program matches trained AmeriCorps tutors and community volunteers with children from age 3 to grade 3 who are at risk for not reading at grade level. AmeriCorps tutors either serve directly with children to provide individualized literacy instruction or recruit community volunteer tutors to work with children.

Also a strategic initiative of ServeMinnesota, Minnesota Math Corps helps 4th - 8th grade studentswho need assistance with math. The programtrains tutors in research-based math instruction methods and places them in sites such as elementary and middle schools. In addition, tutors participate in AmeriCorps programming including professional development training.

The Minnesota Reading Corps and Minnesota Math Corps are committed to recruiting and engaging individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion, political affiliation or other non-merit factors.

For more information, visit www.MinnesotaReadingCorps.org or www.MinnesotaMathCorps.org, or call (612) 206-3034 or toll-free (866) 859-2825.