The America Reads Challenge was established to ensure that all children become successful readers. To further this effort, colleges and universities were encouraged to provide opportunities for work-study students to serve as reading tutors to elementary school children. This program was designed specifically to fund tutoring positions to work with pre-kindergarten and elementary school children and their families.
At the inception of the America Reads program, it was estimated that 23 million American adults could not read or write. Americans who cannot read or write cannot function as those who can. Illiterate adults are often unable to participate in everyday activities such as reading medicine bottles or street signs. They cannot help their own children with homework. They cannot read restaurant menus. They cannot use the internet effectively.
In order to become an NJCU America Reads tutor one must be an NJCU student with a Federal Work-Study award as a result of applying for financial aid.