Summer Reads VISTA

Summer Reads

Summer Reads VISTAs serve as literacy mentors to children in grades K-3 from low-income families in schools, libraries and community programs across the state. VISTAs help children improve their literacy skills and fight the summer slide. Under the mentoring of an on-site supervisor, VISTAs 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 VISTAs serve in pairs at one or two placement sites Monday-Friday (daytime hours). We are currently accepting applications for Summer Reads 2018!


Benefits and eligibility

  • Must be 18  by service start date (June 11)

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

  • Must serve full-time for 8 weeks from June through August, or 10 weeks for Outreach Specialists 

  • Choice of $1,252 Education Award or $276 post-service cash stipend

  • Bi-weekly living allowance of approximately $472 

  • Click here for more information about benefits


Please contact LaTiona,, 651-251-9088.

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 Literacy VISTA program, which places VISTAs in schools and nonprofits 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 VISTA or other AmeriCorps program.