Cleveland State University

Career Services Center

America Reads Program

American Reads tutor & student

What is America Reads?

The Cleveland State University, Career Services Center America Reads program is a nationwide program that trains university students to work as literacy tutors for urban youth. This objective is achieved locally with the help of Cleveland State University students who tutor children on site at local area schools and libraries.

Why Tutor?

  • Excellent starting wages at $8.00 an hour
  • Flexible work hours 9:00 am - 7:00 pm Monday through Friday
  • Gain valuable networking opportunities
  • Develop skills to improve your resume and enrich your professional development
  • Earn co-op experience on your college transcript
  • Tutor in supportive learning settings including elementary schools, libraries, and after-school programs.
  • Tutor in one-on-one or small group settings supported by experienced teachers, librarians and 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?

tutoring session

  • Young Children build skills through individualized tutoring during the school day and after school.
  • CSU students are enriched personally and professionally by the opportunity to participate in a national literacy movement.
  • The community grows more aware of the concerns and importance of literacy among young children through collaboration with Cleveland State University.


“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



  • Be a Cleveland State student enrolled for at least 6 credit-hours
  • Non-Work Study or Work Study
  • All Majors Eligible
  • Good Academic Standing
  • Preference given to students who can work both Fall ands Spring semesters
  • Provide your own transportation to and
    from tutoring sites
  • Attend mandatory, paid training sessions
  • Complete and return application form
    (including essay on why you want to
    tutor, a letter of reference, and agree to a background check).


Download the application in Microsoft Word format. Applications are also available in the Career Services Center, located in Rhodes Tower West, room 280.

Learn More…

Career Services Center
(216) 687-2233
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue
Rhodes Tower West 280
Cleveland, Ohio 44115

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Office Hours
Monday-Thursday 7:30am-6:00pm
Friday 7:30am-5:00pm
Campus Location
Rhodes West, Room 280
1860 East 22nd Street
Phone: 216.687.2233
Toll Free: 888.CSUOHIO
Satellite Office
College of Urban Affairs, UR 209
Monday: 8:00am-6:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am-5:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am-5:00pm
Mailing Address
Cleveland State University 2121
Euclid Avenue, RW 280
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214

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