AmeriCorps Service

AmeriCorps Service

Reading Corps


SummerCollab works closely with summer camps and school leaders in Delaware to help summer and afterschool programs serve as a precise support to students. Through engagement with cognitively rigorous curriculum and pullout services that build student skills, campers return to school in the fall better equipped to engage with academic content. An added emphasis on near-peer relationship building and social emotional learning measurably boosts confidence and performance in the upcoming school year.

Summer 2020 marked the 3nd year for the Summer Literacy Corps, through which SummerCollab engaged 42 AmeriCorps Members to deliver targeted reading instruction to students at home and in community centers. The Summer Literacy Corps (Reading Buddies) pivoted to adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic by transitioning our entire programming to virtual learning. Students and Corps Members shared the joy of reading and mentorship through daily virtual lessons. This year, we aim to serve 500 rising 1st-5th graders across the state of Delaware. During a year when virtual learning has left many students behind, Summer Literacy Corps Members have a unique and powerful opportunity to guide students back on track. With your help, in Summer 2021, we will again deliver the precise supports and empowering environments that propel our kids to success.


AmeriCorps Members are the drivers of our literacy intervention program. As an AmeriCorps Reading Buddy, major responsibilities include:

  • Plan and facilitate 1:1 literacy intervention lessons with students
  • Track attendance and camper performance data
  • Participate in network-wide AmeriCorps meetings
  • Facilitate literacy assessments and analyze results to appropriately target instruction (with support of experienced classroom teachers)


All AmeriCorps Member applicants must be at least 17 years of age, and have a commitment to community service. Candidates within the SummerCollab network must align with SummerCollab’s mission, and our impact on children, communities and schools. The ideal candidate will have excellent oral and written communication skills, and a demonstrated desire to work directly with children. Previous experience working with children is recommended. Ideal candidates possess the ability to build relationships, work as a team member and adapt to new situations. Candidates will be willing to learn and possess an open-mindedness to differing perspectives and ideas.


  • Undergo all necessary background checks and meet all clearance requirements
  • Participate in AmeriCorps training and events as required and requested by the Delaware Office of Volunteerism
  • Attend all SummerCollab trainings and required events
  • Participate in and complete AmeriCorps citizenship training
  • Engage family members and volunteers in programming
  • Participate in community service activities


  • Living allowance of $2,400
  • Segal Education Award over $1,300
  • Paid time off
  • Ongoing training and professional development
  • Leadership and management experience
  • Making an impact in the lives of children and community


  • Serve on site at partnering agency (sites located in New Castle and Sussex Counties)*
  • Minimum service hour requirement of 300 hours (inclusive of training)
  • Pre-season (May-June) training and professional development
  • Attend weekly all-Corps meetings

*SummerCollab may adjust programming according to current COVID-19 protocols. In the event of remote programming, candidates will need a computer with webcam and dependable internet access. 

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