Summer Reads

Summer Reads

*Contact Courtney at to sign up for notifications about Summer Reads 2020 

Summer Reads is an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) program that brings literacy mentors to children in grades K-4 from low-income families for eight weeks every summer. Summer Reads members are placed in schools, libraries and community programs across the state to help children improve their literacy skills and fight the summer slide. With the support of an on-site supervisor, members serve in a variety of program environments. They may use the site's curriculum or design their own lesson plans; work with children one-on-one or in small or large groups; provide tutoring or bring literacy to life through cooking, theater, games, gardening and more. Summer Reads members serve in pairs at one or two placement sites Monday-Friday (daytime hours).


Benefits and eligibility

  • Must be 18 by service start date 

  • Must be a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident, refugee, asylee, or DACA recipient 

  • Must serve full-time for eight weeks from June through August, or 10 weeks for Outreach Specialists 

  • Choice of $1,311 Education Award or $276 post-service cash stipend (Education Award only available to U.S. Citizens; U.S. Nationals; or Lawful Permanent Resident Aliens)

  • Bi-weekly living allowance of approximately $491 (Twin Cities) or $479 (greater Minnesota) 

  • Training and professional development

  • Click here for more information about benefits


Please contact Courtney at, 651-251-9151.

Are you a school or organization looking for info about how to host VISTA members? Check here!


Pass it on!

Want to invite others to join Summer Reads? Download our flyer and pass it on!


Interested in a year-round opportunity or working behind-the-scenes?

We also have 12-month full-time AmeriCorps VISTA positions through our Minnesota Literacy Leadership Program, which places Literacy Leaders in schools and nonprofits across Minnesota to work behind the scenes and build the capacity of literacy-focused programs that serve low-income children, youth, adults or families. Check it out! Yes, it is possible to do both Summer Reads and a full-year Literacy Leader or other AmeriCorps program.