America Reads/America Counts

America Reads / America Counts (ARAC):
Bringing Barnard Tutors to the Community

America Reads / America Counts is a federally funded program designed to bring resources to schools and education programs to ensure all students are achieving at grade level in reading and math.Barnard students are matched with local public schools and community-based after school programs, and serve as tutors to children. If the tutors have received a Federal Work Study award, they will be paid an hourly rate. Otherwise, students are welcome to volunteer as tutors.

    Become an ARAC Tutor

    Quick Facts: ARAC Program

    • Students can work for 1-2 semesters, depending on agency needs.
    • Students can work up to 15 hours per week total, including other Barnard-related positions (10 hours for first-year students).
    • Students will earn $15 per hour up to the amount of their Federal Work Study Award.
    • Assignments will vary based on agency needs.

    How to find an ARAC job

    • Log in to BarnardWorks.
    • Search under the "Off-Campus America Reads FWS" category.
    • All available listings will show up. Please apply directly to the agency per their instructions on their listing.
    • Once you are selected and offered a position by the agency, you will complete your employment forms online and drop them off at Student Employment Services in 224 Milbank.


    If  you have any questions as you are moving through the application process, please reach out to Adeline Medeiros, Associate Director of Civic Engagement, at or 212.853.0770.

    Applications become available on BarnardWorks in early September and again in late December or early January.

      Partner Organizations

      Our ARAC tutors have brought their dedication and talents to many partner organizations, including:

      • Harlem Lacrosse
      • The JCC in Manhattan (PS 75, PS 84, and PS 163)
      • Reading Partners (PS 192, PS 123, PS 175, and PS 38)
      • East Harlem Tutorial Program
      • Star Learning Center at Goddard Riverside Community Center
      • Jumpstart
      • Row New York
      • Young Athletes


      Become a Partner Organization & Host Tutors

      It's easier than ever to request student tutors for your program! If you have never participated in the America Reads / America Counts program with Barnard before, just email Adeline Medeiros, Associate Director of Civic Engagement, at and request information. It's a very simple process to get started!