Now Hiring: Summer Reading Corps Positions

March 11, 2019

Iowa Campus Compact is seeking student applicants for the Summer Reading Corps AmeriCorps Program! Summer Reading Corps provides an invaluable opportunity for nonprofits in the state of Iowa to expand their reach to deliver reading programs to children, teens, and adults in their community. The program provides the agency with a nine-week paid full-time AmeriCorps volunteer to deliver local summer reading programming.

Students interested in applying for these positions should follow the link after each description to learn more and apply. Positions serve 9 weeks during the summer to help develop or implement summer literacy programs across the state of Iowa. Benefits and eligibility requirements are listed below.

Algona Public Library, Algona, Iowa – 1 position

The AmeriCorps member will be involved in all aspects of Algona Public Library’s Summer Reading Clubs. The Summer Reading Clubs is for all ages with a strong focus on children ages 0-18. The Algona Public Library works to meet the needs of children and families through reading, programs, and outreach. The goal of these programs is to stem the tide of the summer slide so often seen as children take the summer off from learning. We want families to be educated in pre-literacy skills as well as enjoying reading for fun. The AmeriCorps member would be instrumental in supporting the efforts of Algona Public Library through their involvement in in-house and outreach activities.

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Cedar Rapids Public Library, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – 5 positions

The AmeriCorps member will focus on expanding and improving the development and delivery of all aspects of the Cedar Rapids Public Library’s summer reading program – the Summer Dare. The Summer Dare is an intergenerational summer reading program with a strong focus on readers age 0-18 and preventing the summer learning slide. The AmeriCorps member will expand the library’s capacity to register participants in the program both on- and off-site, bring the Summer Dare to youth in poverty at child care facilities who experience barriers to library access, provide experiential library tours for youth in intensive summer school programs, and support and train volunteers assisting with these efforts.

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Columbus Junction Public Library, Columbus Junction, Iowa – 1 position

The summer Reading Core Member will be a shared position between the Columbus Community School’s summer school and the Columbus Junction Public Library. Summer school targets 2nd-5th graders who have been assessed as not reading at grade level, and provides a 4-week of half-day support the month of June to focus on literacy activities in hopes of achieving grade-level reading and retention. Math and arts education are also included as supports and foundation for literacy efforts as well. The Columbus Junction Public Library provides summer reading opportunities for ages 0-18, both on-site and within the community at local daycare providers, summer lunch program, and other summer programs to replace daycare for older children. The AmeriCorps member will be responsible for planning and executing programming for these summer literacy programs. Additionally, the AmeriCorps member will be responsible for creation of brochures, social media posts, and guest blog posts for the library in order to promote resources and programs beyond the summer reading program, including revamping and rejuvenating the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. The AmeriCorps member will also be planning and executing pop-up libraries within contracting cities throughout the summer, as access to the library during summer with minimal transportation options being available in a rural area impacts access to the library and literacy resources.

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Drake Community Library, Grinnell, Iowa – 4 positions

The Summer Learning Corps members will serve directly with students in Grinnell-Area local summer youth programs as part of the Grinnell Education Partnership network. Members will help participating organizations create and deliver additional literacy enrichment opportunities in accordance with local education priorities. Members will implement literacy-based enrichment activities under the direction of host-site supervisors.

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Ely Public Library, Ely, Iowa – 1 position

The Ely Public Library is a thriving community hub for families, especially during the summer. We provide a robust summer reading program for all ages, all summer long from June through mid-August. The one-on-one reading support we provide to area youth and our summer events draw families from all over, including Cedar Rapids, Marion, Hiawatha, Fairfax, Swisher, North Liberty, Solon, Ely and rural Linn and Johnson county residents. It is an exciting time to be working in our library and we want you to be a part of our team to help us lead others to summer reading success!

The AmeriCorps Summer Reading Corps Youth Member will be an integral part of our summer reading program. A Universe of Stories is the theme for this year’s summer reading program and the AmeriCorps member will help develop our Out of this World outreach program. The member will be expanding and improving this opportunity by bringing all facets of our summer reading program to our partner All God’s Children Preschool and Daycare summer school age group. A new opportunity the member be providing is a morning Stellar Stories at the park, providing an additional early literacy opportunity in an outdoor setting. Additionally, the member will be serving to provide daily teen centered programs, volunteer daily one-on-one reading assistance with area youth, registering summer reading program participants, contributing to the program database. Your role will be varied and will make a positive impact on readers of all ages.

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Family YMCA of Black Hawk County, Cedar Falls, Iowa

This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Our AmeriCorps members at our YMCA will assist in building, strengthening, and delivering literacy and STEM programming in our summer camp programs. We gained experience the last two years in implementing a highly successful Summer Learning Academy in collaboration with the Waterloo School District that made tremendous impact in curbing summer learning loss through both literacy and STEM programming. This past school year we implemented similar programming in some of our after school programs offering enrichment programming for youth through math, literacy, and STEM. We want to continue to offer similar programming in our summer camp programs this upcoming summer. Their investment in curriculum planning will be something we can implement again in future summers.

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Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell, Iowa – 2 positions

The Summer Learning Corps members will serve directly with students in Grinnell-Area local summer youth programs as part of the Grinnell Education Partnership network. Members will help participating organizations create and deliver additional literacy enrichment opportunities in accordance with local education priorities. Members will implement literacy-based enrichment activities under the direction of host-site supervisors.

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Fort Madison Public Library, Fort Madison, Iowa – 1 position

The purpose of this position is to expand the library summer reading activities offered and take many of these activities outside of the library building and into the community. The Fort Madison Public Library Summer Reading program serves residents of all ages. However, while adults can typically come to the library on their own children are dependent on their parents for transportation. The AmeriCorps Summer Reading Outreach Coordinator will help bring the Fort Madison Public Library Summer Reading Program to children in the community from pre-school through 8th grade. The AmeriCorps Summer Reading Outreach Coordinator will accomplish this by taking reading tracking sheets and prizes to daycares, reading at the free summer lunch and providing story hour in a public park. Additionally, this position will allow the library to continue story hour through the end of July, rather than stopping at the end of May.

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Glenwood Public Library, Glenwood, Iowa

This position will expand our summer reading efforts through outreach and volunteer enhancement. Our Summer Reading program utilizes the Collaborative Summer Reading Program to encourage community members of all ages to read, with particular focus on 0-18 year old school age children. The AmeriCorps member will enhance this program both on-site and by taking it off-site to the location of the Summer Food Service Program and to childcare facilities. They would also support and train volunteers working with our Summer Reading program.

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Grinnell Community Daycare and Preschool, Grinnell, Iowa – 2 positions

The Summer Learning Corps members will serve directly with students in Grinnell Area Summer Camp as part of the Grinnell Education Partnership network. Members will help participating organizations create and deliver additional literacy enrichment opportunities in accordance with local education priorities. Members will implement literacy-based enrichment activities under the direction of host-site supervisors.

Learn more and apply here!

 

Griswold Public Library, Griswold, Iowa – 1 position

The AmeriCorp Member will serve directly under the Children’s Librarian with Griswold Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. The Summer Reading Program serves community members and patrons of all ages with a strong emphasis on PK through 8th grade students. The AmeriCorps Member will expand the Library’s ability to provide programs, activities, and reading challenges to our youth over the summer months.

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Hiawatha Public Library, Hiawatha, Iowa – 2 positions

Summer Reading Corps Adult Associate Position: Hiawatha Public Library is a destination for families during June and July. It is a vibrant part of our community and the atmosphere is electric with possibility all summer long. The AmeriCorps Summer Reading Corps Adult Associate will be an integral part of our summer reading program –A Universe of Stories. The AmeriCorps Associate will coordinate our outreach program which will bring the reading program to mature adults in area care centers, serve to provide programs and services to community adults, register summer reading program participants, and contribute to the program database at Hiawatha Public Library. The Associate’s role will be varied and will make a positive impact on readers of all ages.

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Summer Reading Corps Youth Associate Position: Hiawatha Public Library is a destination for families during June and July. It is a vibrant part of our community and the atmosphere is electric with possibility all summer long. We want you to be a part of it and help us lead others to success! The AmeriCorps Summer Reading Corps Youth Associate will be an integral part of our summer reading program –A Universe of Stories. You will coordinate our Outer Limits outreach program which will bring all facets of our summer reading program to Kidspoint Summer School Age Program, serve to provide programs and services to community youth, register summer reading program participants, and contribute to the program database. The Associate’s role will be varied and will make a positive impact on readers of all ages.

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Hudson Public Library, Hudson, Iowa – 1 position

This position will organize literacy activities for the library’s after-school youth and Summer Library Program participants.

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Iowa City Public Library, Iowa City, Iowa – 2 positions

AmeriCorps Children’s Summer Reading Outreach – The AmeriCorp member will focus on expanding and improving the delivery of all aspects of the Iowa City Public Library’s Summer Reading Program (SRP) to area summer school locations and community summer programs. SRP focuses on preventing the summer slide in young children and encourages a lifelong love of reading. The AmeriCorps member will expand the Library’s capacity to register participants in the program both on and off-site, bring the SRP to youth in poverty at child care facilities who experience barriers to library access, and provide support to children’s activities at the library with our Bookmobile and at outreach sites that promote the SRP and reading literacy. The ICPL SRP seeks to build the capacity of summer school programs to implement reading programming for elementary school students. With AmeriCorps member support we will work to develop our existing programming into a robust and effective summer reading program.

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AmeriCorps Tween and Teen Summer Reading Outreach – The AmeriCorp member will focus on expanding and improving the delivery of all aspects of the Iowa City Public Library’s Summer Reading Program (SRP) to area summer school locations and community summer programs. SRP focuses on preventing the summer slide in teens and encourages a lifelong love of reading. The AmeriCorps member will expand the Library’s capacity to register participants in the program both on and off-site, bring the SRP to youth in poverty at child care facilities who experience barriers to library access, and provide support to children’s activities at the library with our Bookmobile and at outreach sites that promote the SRP and reading literacy. The ICPL SRP seeks to build the capacity of summer school programs to implement reading programming for elementary school students. With AmeriCorps member support we will work to develop our existing programming into a robust and effective summer reading program

Learn more and apply here!

 

Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicap, Des Moines, Iowa – 4 positions

The AmeriCorps member will focus on expanding the development and delivery of all aspects of the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped’s (ILBPH) Summer Reading Program. The ILBPH serves eligible patrons throughout the state of Iowa. The AmeriCorps member will provide and expand outreach services to eligible youth and adult patrons by presenting accessible programs and materials to libraries around Iowa. He/she will also be tasked with developing a Teen Advisory Board to help plan and implement future library programs and events for youth patrons.

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Jane Boyd Community House, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – 2 positions

Jane Boyd Community House runs a 10 week summer day camp for youth grades K-6th grade in high risk communities. The Community House is a licensed childcare facility that also offers academic enrichments, specifically reading and math supports, that prevent summer learning loss. As a summer reading corp tutor, the member would be responsible for coordinating and implementing our summer literacy program for each grade level, partnering with public library staff members to insure new books are available to youth weekly, facilitating weekly reading groups in each grade level, tracking weekly minutes read per child, and reporting end of summer data to program staff and partners. This position is specific to developing summer literacy supports during camp.

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Lutheran Services in Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa – 1 position

The AmeriCorps member will expand and improve the in-home literacy project as part of the LSI Refugee Connection Center Child Care Business Development (CCBD) program. This project supports registered childcare providers in growing children’s pre-literacy skills through modeling age appropriate educational opportunities. Additionally, the literacy program provides resources to providers to create potential to build a quality program. The Summer Refugee Literacy AmeriCorps member will register participants in the project, conduct in-home literacy visits with providers, develop additional literacy programming at the LSI Farmers’ Market or other refugee events, and support and train volunteers and bilingual staff participating in these efforts.

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Marion Public Library, Marion, Iowa – 3 positions

To serve the Marion community by increasing our outreach, programming, and service capability over the busy summer months. Increase our presence in the community by attending community events. Reaching children who may not be able to attend regular library programs.

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Marshalltown and Albion Public Library, Marshalltown and Albion, Iowa – 1 position

The AmeriCorps position will expand and support the activities and programs of the summer reading program for families and youth at both the Marshalltown Public Library and the Albion Public Library. This position would be involved in all aspects of the summer reading program which would include planning and assisting with programs and activities for all ages of youth, as well as activities associated with the summer reading incentive program where kids earn prizes for reading and being involved in learning activities during the summer. The AmeriCorps member will expand the library’s capacity to offer programs and learning/ enrichment activities that are developmentally appropriate at a variety of ages, with an ultimate goal of reducing summer learning loss. The AmeriCorps member will be involved in serving youth who visit and participate with their families, on their own, as well as youth who visit the library as part of a day camp, summer learning program, or other youth group.

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Operation Threshold/Cedar Valley Readers, Cedar Falls, Iowa – 2 positions

The Cedar Valley Readers AmeriCorps member serves as a temporary (9-week) position to develop the Cedar Valley Readers Campaign for Grade-Level Reading coalition. The Cedar Valley Readers Campaign is a local collaborative effort to help more young children to read well by the end of third grade. Cedar Valley Readers is part of the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading initiative.

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Unity Point Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center, Grinnell, Iowa – 5 positions

The Summer Learning Corps members will serve directly with students in Grinnell-Area local summer youth programs as part of the Grinnell Education Partnership network. Members will help participating organizations create and deliver additional literacy enrichment opportunities in accordance with local education priorities. Members will implement literacy-based enrichment activities under the direction of host-site supervisors.

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Summer Reading Corps member benefits

  • A living stipend paid out bi-monthly from Iowa Western Community College totaling $2,500 over 9 weeks.
  • Additional professional development and networking opportunities
  • Upon successful completion of the full term of service, the Member will receive an education award of $1,230.69, from the National Service Trust. The Member understands that his/her failure to disclose to the program any history of having been released for cause from another AmeriCorps program will render the Member ineligible to receive the education award.
  • If the Member has received forbearance on a qualified student loan during the term of service, and the Member successfully completes the term of service, the National Service Trust will repay a portion of the interest that accrued on the loan during the term of service according to hours served.
  • Child-care benefits are contingent on having a child under 13, meeting an income threshold, needing child-care assistance to complete the AmeriCorps term of service, and having a financial need to pay necessary child-care expenses. More information can be found at http://www.americorpschildcare.com/.

Eligibility requirements

  • Be at least 17 years of age at the commencement of service OR be an out-of-school youth of at least 16 years of age participating in a youth corps-type program (42 USC 12572A2) OR an out-of-school youth of at least 16 years of age enrolled in a program for economically disadvantaged youth (as defined in the Act 42 USC 12572A9);
  • Have a high school diploma or its equivalent, or be in the process of obtaining one; and
  • Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States.
  • Pass all required National Service Criminal History Checks