The Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning

Student tutoring child

Our Mission:

We are committed to meeting the challenge to have all children reading well and independently by the end of third grade. Our mission is to:

  • Enhance kids' literacy skills.
  • Provide greater access to books to develop a home library.
  • Offer opportunities for kids to read and develop a relationship with a caring young adult.

Our Tutoring Roles:

We offer two tutoring positions that allow students to engage in a way that works with their course schedule! Click on the position titles below to access the applications which indlude detailed information about scheduling, transportation, etc.:

Our traditional tutoring role comes with a commitment of 10-12 hours per week, and allows students to earn their entire work-study award with America Reads.  Tutors in this role work with students in grades K-3 on a one-to-one basis.

Our classroom tutor role offers a commitment of 3-6 hours per week, and allows tutors to work with 4-5 graders in small groups inside the classroom with direct teacher supervision.  

Our History:

Early elementary is a critical time in a child's development of literacy skills, and research indicates that if a child is not reading on grade level by the end of third grade, s/he may be at a longterm disadvantage.  In August of 1996, President Clinton called upon every American to join his America Reads Challenge to help more children read well and independently by the end of the third grade.

In the Fall of 1997, the Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning, the Office of Financial Aid, and the School of Education came together to form the University of Michigan America Reads Tutoring Corps.  Since that time, the program has served thousands of children in Wayne and Washtenaw Counties, reaching moe than 500 students each year.

We train college students to be mindful, effective tutors by scaffolding their learning about how student achievement in the U.S. education system interfaces with issues of class, ethnicity, language acquisition and other systems. The University students are the vehicle through which we work toward our mission.



America Reads allows me to support myself while supporting the students, teachers, parents and schools who are impacted by the program.

- Katrina Cribbins, '16

My America Reads experience not only means a lot to me and my students, but has also created a strong foundation for future involvement in Detroit.
- David Young, SSW Graduate Student