America Reads is a federally funded work-study program that sends college students into local elementary schools to serve as reading tutors. The vision of America Reads is to help all children learn to read well and independently by the end of the third grade.


The America Reads program at Concordia aims to foster a love of learning to encourage the growth of children's literacy in the Fargo-Moorhead area.


Where do students tutor?

Concordia students working for America Reads tutor at an elementary school in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

Who coordinates the program?

The program is entirely student-run with students serving as coordinators, student managers (or lead tutors), and tutors.

How many students work for America Reads at Concordia?

Each semester, the America Reads program at Concordia employs approximately 30-40 tutors. Tutors can apply for leadership positions in the program by becoming a Lead Tutor, a Lead Tutor in Training, or the Program Coordinator. Seven Lead Tutors are hired every semester.

Is it only for students with specific majors?

Students are not required to have any particular major, just the desire to help children. Tutors provide assistance in reading but also serve as positive role models, mentors, and encouragers. Some training is provided for all tutors regarding basic reading techniques and other relevant topics.