America Reads Program

America Reads Program

The Cleveland State University, Office of Civic Engagement's America Reads program has been placing tutors in libraries and elementary schools in the Greater Cleveland area since 1998. The program is part of a nationwide effort to improve the reading skills of elementary age children. This objective is achieved locally with funding support from the Cuyahoga County Public Libary and Cleveland Public Library systems and Cleveland State University students who are hired to tutor children on site at the libraries. At numerous tutoring sites, particulary the after-school homework centers, tutors will also assist children in grades K-8th grade with math concepts and homework completion. 

Why Tutor?

  • Excellent starting wages at $8-$10 an hour
  • Great way to meet other CSU students
  • Gain valuable networking opportunities
  • Develop skills to improve your resume and enrich your professional development
  • Earn co-op experience on your college transcript
  • Satisifaction in knowing you are making in a difference in a child's life

Work Environment

  • Tutor in Cuyahoga County Public Library or Cleveland Public Library locations
  • Tutor one-on-one or small groups of children in grades K - 8th while supported by experienced professional staff


“The students I tutor enjoy their time with me as much as I enjoy being a tutor to them. I am so flattered by their desire to be tutored. I have realized humility via the work and have gained a sense of the awesome challenge of being an educator to these most deserving children.”

~ Elena Schilla
Tutor of the Year, 2004-2005

Who Benefits?

  • Children grades K - 8th build skills through individualized and small group tutoring during these after-school tutoring programs.
  • CSU students are enriched personally, financially, and professionally by the opportunity to participate in this local and nationwide effort to improve the reading skills of elementary and middle school children.
  • Community awareness grows from the partnership between Cleveland State University and the Cuyahoga County Public Library and Cleveland Public Library about the concerns and importance of literacy among young children.


“The tutors were a joy to have around and provided valuable service to our children. The intervention provided by the tutors made the difference in our students’overall achievement.”

- Ms. Laverne Mclain
Marion Sterling Elementary


Download the application in Microsoft Word format. Applications are also available in the Career Successs Network (formerly known as the Career Services Center), located in Rhodes Tower West, room 280.