‘America Reads’ in the Western Addition

USF Students teach luteracy skills through the America Reads program

The 22-year old program, America Reads at USF relocated this past year under the McCarthy Center’s Engage San Francisco. The Federal Work Study program that trains students to be tutors in elementary schools in the subject areas of reading and mathematics places USF student tutors in elementary school classes in the nearby Western Addition neighborhood.

In this week’s blog we share photos of some of our America Read tutors and the students they work with at Booker T. Washington Community Service Center. Booker T. Washington is just one of five sites where tutors work with K-3rd grade children in afterschool reading programs.

The tutors who spend 6-15 hours a week at their sites, have the opportunity to build management skills as they bolster the next generation of readers and leaders. The McCarthy Center’s America Reads Graduate Assistant, Jamie Capetillo ’19, who coordinated K-5 literacy tutoring at the school sites and recruited the undergraduate tutors working with the program over the last year, summed up her own valuable experience, “I’m going to use the skills I learned in supervising tutors, and the values of caring for the whole student and meshing my values of social justice and equity.”

To learn more about becoming an America Reads tutor in the Fall, go to: https://myusf.usfca.edu/mccarthy/programs/engage-san-francisco/america-reads.

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