America Reads and America Counts Challenge Programs
Binghamton University has participated in America Reads since 1997, and in America Counts since 2002. These initiatives of the U.S. Department of Education fund work-study positions at Binghamton for about 12 graduate students each year. Working 10 hours/week during the academic year, these students experience the satisfaction of having a positive impact on children who struggle with literacy or mathematics.
Through America Reads, graduate students provide one-on-one tutoring and/or small group instruction to K-6 elementary school children who read below grade level. Graduate students also may provide literacy services to parents and caregivers in local schools and communities. Locations for tutoring vary from year to year, depending on interests and needs of the graduate student tutors. Each year, America Reads employs 8 graduate students and serves about 100 children.
Through America Counts, graduate students provide assistance to students who have difficulty learning mathematics. Graduate students generally work in a high-need middle school. America Counts employs 3 or 4 graduate students and reaches about 75 children each year.
For information about applying for these work-study assistantships, see America Reads/America Counts.