“We want to make [service] a viable option for more Minnesotans to ensure we have the people power to help address urgent community needs,” said Sadie O’Connor, managing director of Reading & Math, Inc., the umbrella organization for Reading and Math Corps.
AmeriCorps is hoping to find 79 reading and 39 math tutors in Minneapolis by 2022. The stipend for tutors is “the equivalent of $15 per hour,” according to a Reading & Math, Inc. press release. AmeriCorps members receive free individual health insurance and up to $6,300 for college tuition or student loans.
According to AmeriCorps, nearly half of Minnesota students struggle with reading or math and large disparities exist for Native Americans and students of color. The Minnesota tutor programs are made available through ServeMinnesota, the state’s commission on national and community service.