America Reads - Mississippi (ARM) is a national service AmeriCorps program that addresses the issue area of education. ARM consists of 363 full-time and quarter-time members who serve in approximately 80 school sites across the state of Mississippi. ARM AmeriCorps members strive daily to achieve the mission and meet the Program Performance Measures of America Reads - Mississippi by:
- Tutoring Primarily 1st - 3rd grade students in reading during school and in extended day programs
- Recruiting volunteers to assist with reading activities in the classroom, service projects, and homeland security activities
- Helping to increase parent involvement
- Implementing local emergency preparedness and homeland security workshops and awareness events
- Implementing statewide and local community service projects
- Participating in member development opportunities
Established in 1998, America Reads - Mississippi (ARM) is an AmeriCorps program administered through the Academic Affairs Office of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. ARM began with 200 full-time AmeriCorps members, partnered with two universities - Delta State University (DSU) and Mississippi State University (MSU) - and included 18 school districts and 29 school partners. Current university partners include ASU, DSU, JSU, MSU, UM and USM.
Other major partners include America Learns, the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service, the Mississippi Department of Education, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, United Way of the Capital Area, and the Central Mississippi Red Cross.
The program year runs from August 1st to July 31st. ARM members serve at least an 8 hour day Monday - Friday, with some weekend service to implement service projects.
ARM AmeriCorps members must:
- Be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.;
- Be at least 17 years old;
- Have a high school diploma or a GED;
- Be able to pass the Reading portion of the Work Keys Assessment or 48 college hours; and
- Be able to clear an FBI background check, Child Abuse Registry check, and NSOPR check.
ARM AmeriCorps Members are:
- Persons who are committed to providing quality service to children, schools, and communities.
- Persons who believe in the spirit of volunteerism.
- Persons who would like to earn an education award to help pay for college or pay back student loans.
- Persons who desires to become a certified teacher and teach in Mississippi.
- Persons who have not served more than one year in any other AmeriCorps program.
To apply to become an America Reads - Mississippi reading tutor, one must contact a partnering school district directly. If you are an Assistant Teacher currently employed at a partnering school, contact the school official that is responsible for ARM at the school site.
School Districts who partner with ARM select both the stipend and teacher assistant members who will serve in their schools.
For more information regarding America Reads - Mississippi, please go to the State & Regional Profile page.