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Cal State Fullerton is pleased to announce its continued partnership with the America Reads and Counts (ARC) Program. This program uses tutoring and mentoring to positively affect the reading and math skills of children in elementary grades 6 through 8.

What is America Reads and Counts (ARC)? ARC is a program of the Center for Internships & Service-Learning at Cal State Fullerton (CSUF), designed to improve the reading and math skills of 6th – 8th grade students by way of on-site tutoring. ARC Tutors are placed in middle schools and afterschool programs under the guidance of classroom teachers or afterschool program staff.

The goal of ARC is to provide extra direction and one-on-one attention to students in math and reading in order to better prepare them to succeed in school.

ARC Tutors are paid at a rate of $10.00/hour and are employed as part-time employees of the Center for Internships & Service-Learning. An Assistant Coordinator position is also available.

What are the benefits of being an ARC Tutor? Participation provides many benefits. You are invited to join your peers who are tutoring our future generations.

  1. Resume building experience in tutoring, interpersonal communication skills, and mentoring.

  2. Network with administrators and key program staff in local schools and community-based organizations.

  3. Enhance your resume by actively serving your community.

  4. Receive personal and professional development skills through training.

  5. Federal Work Study (FWS) earnings are not counted as income in determining your future financial aid eligibility.

  6. Option to become AmeriCorps Member and earn an additional $1,250 for school tuition or loans.

What are the requirements to become an ARC Tutor? In order to be a Titan Reader, you must have a desire to teach children and fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Receive a minimum of $1,700.00 Federal-Work-Study.

  2. Must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average.

  3. Possess maturity, respect for youth, ability to listen with patience and an open mind.

  4. Knowledge of English grammar, basic reading and math skills for the grade level working with.

  5. Previous tutoring experience with middle school children desired.

  6. Have reliable transportation.

ARC Tutors who would like the option to earn the additional $1,250 education award by serving as an AmeriCorps member are also required to:

  1. Complete an interview with an afterschool program staff member.

  2. Pass TB test and fingerprint test.

  3. Be able to complete 450 hours between September 1, 2009 - August 31, 2010, which averages to 10-12 hours per week.

  4. Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.

What is the Assistant Coordinator position? The Assistant Coordinator serves as the CSUF's contact for tutors and on-site staff at the elementary schools and after school programs. With supervision, they will assist with the overall management of the ARC program. The Assistant Coordinator position requires leadership, program development skills, and good interpersonal communication abilities.

Application Steps:

  1. Pick up an ARC application in LH-209 or print the application.

  2. Fully complete the application and make sure to:
    • Include employment references;
    • Answer thoroughly and thoughtfully the questions regarding your interest in the program;

  3. Submit your application to LH-209 or mail them to:
    Center for Internships & Service-Learning (CISL)
    Attn: America Reads and Counts
    800 N. State College Blvd. LH-209
    Fullerton, CA 92831

What happens after you submit your application?

  1. Applications will be processed in the order in which they are received.

  2. Applicants will be notified of their status via email one week following the receipt and review of their application.

  3. Interviews will be scheduled with applicants who submit complete applications and who meet all of the qualifications.

Who can I contact regarding ARC program questions?

Lilian Pahn
Acting Placement Coordinator
Center for Internships & Service-Learning
800 N. State College Blvd, LH-209
Fullerton, CA 92831
(657) 278-4250
University Hall 210B
lpahn@fullerton.edu

Who can I contact regarding ARC Federal Work Study program questions?

Myra Galaviz
Federal Work-Study Program
P.O. Box 6804
Fullerton, CA 92834-6804
(657) 278-3125
University Hall 146
fa@fullerton.edu

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