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America Reads/America Counts

Program Description

America Reads/America Counts (ARAC) enhances primary and secondary-level reading and math skills of children in Walla Walla while providing Whitman College students (especially those who qualify for work-study) the opportunity to give back to their community, gain work experience, and earn money. ARAC tutors are funded through the Federal and Washington State Work Study programs, and their work is coordinated by the Career and Community Engagement Center. Participation is subject to funding. The Career and Community Engagement Center aims to support 20-30 tutors per semester.


This experience has definitely given me more insight into what the families in this area look like. I’ve talked to kids from tons of different backgrounds and familial situations, so that has been really cool to hear from kids about their lives in Walla Walla when they decide to share stories with me! I have learned that I really enjoy working with kids who are elementary school age and that I definitely want education to be part of my future career.—Devon Player ’23
I have really enjoyed working with elementary school children and their energy and enthusiasm is inspiring.—Yardena Meyerhoff ’22
My experience has been rewarding overall. It’s great to increase my skills in group management and make personal connections with the students—Alicia Cover ’22
I’ve learned how dedicated Walla Walla is to helping everyone succeed. I really enjoy seeing the same students each day and growing bonds while also helping them learn.—Alyssa Ortiz ’22

Program Requirements

To receive payment for participation in America Reads/America Counts, Whitman students must be eligible for Federal or Washington State Work Study aid. Whitman tutors must be directly engaged in work to enhance the reading and math skills of local primary school students through one-on-one or small group interaction.

Tutors must work an average of 5-8 hours per week. They will be paid an hourly wage, which may not be lower than the Washington State Minimum Wage. Tutors must sign in and out on a site-specific timesheet that will be scanned and emailed to Marisol Becerra at becerrm@whitman.edu or faxed to 509-527-5934 by the 8th of each month. Tutors are expected to conduct themselves professionally and serve as role models for Walla Walla students.

How to Apply

Position Responsibilities 

Tutors will provide one-on-one and/or small group instruction for school-age children in the Walla Walla area to increase language proficiency and improve mathematical skills. Whitman tutors will report to their Community in Schools (CIS) Advocate at their assigned site. Each school has a CIS Advocate to assist tutors with scheduling and school familiarity.


  • Eligible for federal work-study funding as determined by the Whitman College Financial Aid Office. Please confirm your eligibility before applying.

  • Interest in working with children; previous experience is preferred.

  • Background clearance from the Washington State Patrol.

  • Tutors must attend an orientation and training session before beginning work.

  • Available to work during the school hours of 8-11 AM and 12:30-2:30 PM Monday through Friday.

  • Applicants who can work 5-8 hours per week will be given preference.

  • We especially welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring additional dimensions to the cohort of tutors. 


Applications, along with a resume and cover letter, are due each semester on a rolling basis. Email becerrm@whitman.edu to inquire about and/or apply for open positions and check Handshake for the job listing towards the beginning of the academic year or semester.

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