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In-School Literacy Mentor, AmeriCorps

Reno, NV

Relocation expenses:

Not applicable
no work experience required
High School Diploma
Less than $20,000 per year

Published on 5 Jan 2023

Expires on 3 Mar 2023

In-School Literacy Mentor, AmeriCorps

Service Term: now through 06/23/2023; average of 20 or 35 hours per week; depends upon position type selected. 

Location: Recruiting for schools in Washoe County and Carson County, and Fallon, NV.

Program: United Readers is a program provided by United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra, where AmeriCorps Members serve in elementary schools to provide literacy acquisition support to early learners. 

AmeriCorps Members will serve children in kindergarten through third grade with literacy acquisition skills to improve reading fluency. Members will conduct lessons and activities with students during reading blocks and independent work times in person, supporting UWNNS’s focus on early childhood literacy and goal of improving third grade reading scores in northern Nevada. 

Primary Duties: 

  • Lead students in grades K-3 in accordance with provided curriculum, lesson plans, and training; 
  • Lead and develop age and content appropriate activities based on child’s assessed and identified needs; 
  • Provide a safe and respectful learning experience and space for children; 
  • Deliver and score provided pre- and post-assessments; keep and communicate attendance and other records with school site staff, UWNNS staff, and AmeriCorps Program Director; 
  • Attend required training days and orientation sessions; 
  • Professionally represent and be an ambassador for the United Readers program, AmeriCorps, and UWNNS. 


  • Members who successfully complete service are eligible for a Segal Education Award in an amount up to $2,474.27 (depending on 300-hour, 450-hour, or 675-hour positions selected); 
  • Members are eligible for federal student loan forbearance during service; 
  • Members receive a modest living allowance of $562.50 - 843.75 bi-weekly during the length of service (Depending on position/hours status). 


  • Members must have a high school degree or equivalent; 
  • Candidates must be able to perform services during the school day; 
  • Members should be interested in or have experience with education or a related field, a community and service mindset, and be willing to learn; 
  • Members should be adaptable and creative while planning and delivering services; 
  • Must have a desire to work with small children and be able to explain lessons and activities clearly and effectively; 
  • Position requires patience and collaboration with other Members and staff through Microsoft and Google suites; 
  • Experience with young children and child development is encouraged but not required. 
  • Reliable transportation is highly recommended. 

Successful candidates must agree to conform to the AmeriCorps dress code and complete a National Sex Offender Public Website check and National Service Criminal History Check. Successful applicants agree to confirm eligibility according to the member eligibility requirements (45 CFR 2522.200(a)) 

Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply, all duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations. No persons involved with the program will discriminate based on actual or perceived race, religion, creed, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or disability. This position has recurring access to vulnerable populations. This position does not duplicate work of previous or existing employees or volunteers, supplant the hiring of workers, or include services or duties that have been performed or were performed by a current employee, an employee that has resigned or was discharged, an employee subject to reduction in force, or an employee who is on leave. 

*All positions are dependent upon continued grant funding.