AmericaReads is an educational initiative begun by President Bill Clinton in 1997, with the goal of “building a nation of readers” by recruiting university students to tutor young schoolchildren in the classroom. The program serves children from infancy through elementary school or their parents or caregivers.
AmericaCounts was created in 1999 in response to the growing awareness of the importance of mathematics literacy in schoolchildren. AmericaCounts tutors help to develop these skills by working with children in kindergarten through 9th grade.
The University of Texas at Austin launched its AmericaReads/AmericaCounts tutoring program in spring 2001, with approximately 60 reading and math tutors through A.I.S.D.’s GEAR UP program. Currently, more than 150 Work-Study students earn their Work-Study awards as AmericaReads/AmericaCounts tutors.
AmericaReads/AmericaCounts Program Descriptions
The Alternative Learning Center is an alternative discipline program with a mission to change the lives of troubled youth as they continue to pursue their educational goals while being away from their home campus.
Texas Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE)-Austin are grant-funded after school programs in low-income schools across Austin. They serve Austin’s neediest neighborhoods, partnering with non-profits and contract vendors to offer dynamic, educational enrichment opportunities at elementary, middle, and high schools in AISD.
The VICTORY Tutorial Program (Volunteers In Communities Tutoring Our Responsible Youth) connects elementary, middle, and high school students with tutors at designated branches of the Austin Public Library.
Austin Partners in Education supports Title I schools and students from under-resourced communities by creating effective community and school partnerships that prepare AISD students for college and career.
People’s Community Clinic
People’s Community Clinic (PCC) is a unique community asset. Founded in 1970 by a group of volunteer doctors and nurses, PCC has become Austin’s largest comprehensive primary health care center serving the uninsured working poor. All services are offered on a sliding scale basis.
PCC hosts a Reach Out and Read program. Tutors (or “Book Buddies”) with PCC will assist the project coordinator in implementing a pediatric family literacy program by reading with children and families, distributing information to parents about how to raise a reader and providing age/language- appropriate books to children.
The mission of River City Youth Foundation is to increase the number of Dove Springs youth who practice safe, healthy and positive lifestyles, including being college and career bound, so they can achieve their highest potential in education, personal and social responsibility. Tutors with the River City Youth Foundation will work at their southeast Austin location, tutoring students in kindergarten through 9th grade in math.