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America Reads Tutoring Corps


In August of 1996, President Clinton challenged every American to join his America Reads Challenge to help more children read well and independently by the end of the third grade.
To meet this challenge, The Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning, the Office of Financial Aid and the School of Education formed the University of Michigan America Reads Tutoring Corps. America Reads employs approximately 100 University students to serve as literacy tutors to children in grades K-5 each year in Detroit and Ypsilanti schools. Every child receives individualized attention, along with packs of free, brand new books to build a home library.

Contact Information

Erin Byrnes, Lead for Democratic Engagement and Community-Based Work Study

Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning
1024 Hill Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-3310

Phone: (734) 647-7801
E-mail: ekbyrnes@umich.edu

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Program End Date


Sponsoring Service Unit(s)

Office of the Vice President for Student Life

Sponsoring Department(s)

Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning, Office of Financial Aid

Program Available to these Counties

Washtenaw, Wayne

Program Available to these Cities

Ann Arbor, Detroit, Ypsilanti

Subject Area(s)

Community Assistance, Early Childhood and Elementary (pre-6), Education