America Reads/America Counts Tutoring Program

The America Reads/America Counts Tutoring Program (AR/AC) is a federal work-study opportunity that seeks to engage UNE students in the community by serving as mathematics and literacy tutors for local children and teens.

Tutors build a structured and trusting relationship with their tutees by offering encouragement and academic assistance. Through the AR/AC tutor relationship, UNE students help young people develop confidence in their academic ability. In turn, tutors strengthen their dedication to the community and enhance their college experience.

Current school partners:

  • Biddeford Primary: Grades 1-3
    320 Hill St., Biddeford, ME 04005
  • John F Kennedy Kindergarten
    64 West Street, Biddeford, ME 
  • Governor Fairfield Elementary School: Grades K-2
    75 Beach Street, Saco, ME 
  • Biddeford Middle School: Grades 6-8
    25 Tiger Way, Biddeford, ME 
  • Biddeford Intermediate School: Grades 4-5
    335 Hill Street, Biddeford, ME 
  • Saco Middle School: Grades 6-8
    40 Buston Rd., Saco, ME



In America, thirty-eight percent of fourth graders and twenty-three percent of twelfth graders read below grade level, not including those who have dropped out of school and have difficulties reading. In all, over 50 million people in the U.S. do not read at a level proficient enough to allow them to get an education, compete for jobs and be fully participating citizens. The same is true in mathematics. In America, fewer than four out of ten fourth and eighth graders are proficient in mathematics.

In 1997, President Clinton issued the America Reads Challenge, an initiative that sought to have all children reading proficiently by the third grade. Building on the success of the America Reads Challenge, in July 1999, America Counts was initiated as an effort to improve student achievement in mathematics, including mastering the foundations of algebra and geometry by the end of the ninth grade. 

Nationwide, there are approximately 1200 colleges and universities participating in America Reads, and 300 colleges and universities participating in America Counts. 


Q: What do tutors do?
A: Tutors are placed in classrooms grades K-8 and work as classroom assistants or one-on-one tutors for students who need extra academic support. Examples of day-to-day activities include: leading small groups with flash card practice, teaching academic games, helping students with technology, editing student writing, creating materials for future lessons, writing and math workshops, homework help, etc.

Q: When do we hire?
A: We hire all year long but our major recruitment periods are at the beginning of the semesters.

Q: Who can apply?
A: Any student can apply who has Federal Work Study, regardless of year in school or major. We also accept some students without work study funding who are willing to make a serious commitment to volunteering with the program.

Q: Is it required that to have a car?
A: No, a car is not required but it is strongly recommended. Some students are able to arrange carpools with other tutors.

Q: How do I apply?
A: Contact the Program Coordinator, Kristen Brannen.