Become a Read901 AmeriCorps Summer Associate

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Summer Associates are a position supported by the AmeriCorps*VISTA program. Literacy Mid-South Summer Associates will be charged with implementing effective programming and ensuring quality data-measures for summer reading programs. Literacy Mid-South is an intermediary organization working with programs over the summer who serve at-risk readers. Without quality programming over the summer, at risk-readers are likely to lose at least three months of reading achievement. Summer programming has a massive impact on the educational outcomes for youth. This program will provide associates with the opportunity to prevent the devastating effects of summer learning loss and learn about educational assessment procedures and reading instruction theories. Here are some of the roles the Summer Associates will play this summer:


  • Support programming as needed
  • Prep work for the next day
  • Observe programming to monitor procedural compliance
  • Put together a list of observations and meet with appropriate staff to address areas of need

Pre- and Post-Assessments

  • Learn about assessments for literacy in elementary education programs
  • Work as a group to help sub-sites implement effective pre- and post-assessments
  • Ensure monitoring of assessment procedures
  • Monitor attendance tracking

Parent Engagement

  • Research parent engagement best practices
  • Understand current parent engagement practices for the organization
  • Plan and implement parent engagement activities and programs
  • Monitor attendance for the program
  • Connect with students who have at-risk attendance over the summer
  • Reach out to parents and families for students with at-risk attendance

AmeriCorps*VISTA Summer Associate details:

  • 40 hours per week
  • May 30th start date
  • 8 Week commitment (no breaks)
  • Stipend bi-weekly + education award/service award

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 18 years or older
  • Passion for education
  • Desire to learn
  • Able to interact with technology
  • Organized

If you are interested in serving with Literacy Mid-South & the Read901 team, please contact complete our interest form.

Address all comments, questions, or concerns to our VISTA leader (vistaleader [at] literacymidsouth [dot] org)

Papa, you saved me...

You taught me to read

Markus Zusak, The Book Thief