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Welcome! We’re glad you’re considering a year of full-time tutoring with the Literacy Lab.  If selected, you will play an important role in closing the literacy gap and helping students prepare to be strong, lifelong readers.  We look forward to reading your application!


The application is 14 pages long, and it should take you around 30-40 minutes to complete.  If you aren't able to complete it in one sitting, you can save your work and come back to it anytime.  If you need any reasonable accommodations to complete this application or if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at or 202-649-0747.  

Important: The Literacy Lab will use this email to contact you during the selection process. Please make sure you will have access this email address for the whole year.  Remember that college email addresses often expire after graduation! 

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One important note before you begin: As AmeriCorps members, our tutors have to meet certain eligibility requirements.  Please review the criteria below and make sure you meet them all before starting an application! 


You MUST be:

·    A US Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident/Alien.

·    At least 18 years old by August 2017.

·    A high school graduate or GED recipient (at minimum).

·    Eligible for another AmeriCorps term, if you have already completed AmeriCorps service.


You MUST NOT BE registered, or required to register, on a sex offender registry.


If you meet all these requirements, please click "Next Page" to proceed.

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In the following section, you have the opportunity to tell us information about yourself. We're looking forward to getting to know you!
Contact Information

Please enter your current legal name.


To serve with us, AmeriCorps requires you to be at least 18 years old before our start date (August 2017). Please confirm your date of birth.

To serve with us, AmeriCorps requires you to be either a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States. If we offer you a position, you will have to provide proof of your citizenship or residency status.
Demographics Information
The Literacy Lab is committed to recruiting a diverse pool of tutors that reflects the communities we serve. By providing this optional demographics information, you can help us track our progress towards this pursuit!

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We'd like to know how much school you expect to complete by our start date in August 2017. If you're currently in school, but planning to graduate by August 2017, you can just say that you've graduated.
Education History

To serve with us, AmeriCorps requires you to have at least a high school diploma or equivalency by our start date.

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Please tell us more about your educational history.  If you’d like to add additional colleges or universities, you can click the link at the bottom of the page.
High School Education History

Higher Education History

If you plan to have graduated by August 2017, please select the appropriate "graduated" option.

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Beginning with your current or most recent position, please describe up to three positions you have held. Successful tutors come from a variety of backgrounds, so please remember that many professional experiences may be relevant, including:

  • Full- or part-time paid experience
  • Full- or part-time volunteer roles
  • AmeriCorps positions
  • Self-employment 
  • Internships or fellowships
  • Full-time parenting

Work and Volunteer Experience

If the exact start date is not known, please enter the first day of the starting month.

If the exact end date is not known, please enter the first day of the ending month.

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The Literacy Lab partners with AmeriCorps, a US national service program. AmeriCorps has several eligibility requirements which are referenced throughout the application. 
AmeriCorps Experience

Please Note: Though you may serve up to four terms with AmeriCorps, you may not be eligible for the Education Award for all four terms.

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If selected, you will be placed as a Pre-K or K-3 tutor in one of four metropolitan areas. We can't guarantee every tutor their top choices, but we make an effort to accommodate location preferences. Please indicate your top choices below. If you are interested in more than one program or location, you can select multiple options.
Program Preference
Please take a moment to learn about our two programs:

  • Embedded full-time in one Pre-K classroom with a lead teacher and an assistant teacher 
  • Deliver daily whole-class, small-group, and one-on-one interventions
  • Embedded full-time in a school, supporting students across Kindergarten to 3rd grade
  • Deliver one-on-one interventions to 15-18 students, 20 minutes/day, 5 days/week

Location Preference
Next school year, we plan to place a team of over 200 full-time tutors across four metropolitan areas: Baltimore, MD, Kansas City, MO, Richmond, VA, and Washington, DC. You can learn more about the unique local contexts of these cities on our website:

You may enter up to four metropolitan areas in which you would consider serving. If you are flexible on location preference, please select "flexible."

NOTE: The living stipend amount varies based on the cost of living in each metropolitan area.




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We care about the students we serve, and we want to make sure they get the most out of tutoring. We know our tutors are critical to our students' success. That's why we provide year-round training, coaching, and support to help our tutors effectively implement our evidenced-based interventions. 
Commitment to Service
To successfully serve our students, tutors must commit to the program for a full academic year. Please indicate your commitment below:

We cannot replace tutors once the school year has begun. Committing to our program means serving for the entire 11 months.

You will meet with your students Monday - Friday during school hours.

A full-time AmeriCorps service term is 1700 hours. You will need to serve 40-45 hours per week to meet this requirement before the end of the year. This will include service outside of the school day and/or site.

Please carefully consider any available supports that may help you fulfill a service-year commitment.

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You have given us detailed information about your education and work history. Now, we'd like to hear how these personal and professional experiences have shaped you and inspired you to serve with The Literacy Lab.
Essay Questions

Your answer should be around 100 words.

Your answer should be around 100 words.

Your answer should be around 100 words.

Your answer should be around 100 words.

Your answer should be around 100 words.

Your answer should be around 100 words.

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To consider you for our program, we need to hear from two references who have seen you in a professional setting. Appropriate references include former job supervisors, mentors, advisors, or teachers/professors. A reference may NOT be a personal friend or a member of your family. 

When you submit the names and email addresses of your references, we will send them an automated email on your behalf requesting that they complete a brief online form. We can't process your application until your references complete the form. 

If you are a returning Literacy Lab tutor, you'll need to include one reference from your Master Coach or Internal Coach.  For your second reference, please choose someone other than your Program Manager.
First Reference 

Second Reference

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To ensure the protection of the students we serve, AmeriCorps requires an extensive criminal history check. This includes the National Sex Offender Registry, FBI, and various state checks. By AmeriCorps rules, you cannot work without accompaniment with children, individuals with disabilities, or individuals over 60 years of age, until the criminal history check is complete and you are cleared. 

If you have a criminal conviction or criminal adjudication, it does not necessarily disqualify you from consideration, depending on circumstances. However, intentional misrepresentation or omission of criminal history is grounds for disqualification.
Criminal History

If you have no incidents to report, enter "No criminal history to report."

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Our Recruitment Team analyzes this data to inform future outreach! Please include as much information as possible.
How Did You Hear About Us?

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Before you submit your application, please review a few final items.
Application Review and Submission

The Literacy Lab believes in providing equal opportunity for all applicants, employees, members and volunteers. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate in program admission or administration based on race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, sexual orientation, gender, national origin, age, disability, status as a covered veteran or with regard to public assistance, membership, or activity in a local human rights commission, or any other status protected by law. Applicants, employees, members, and volunteers will be evaluated solely on the basis of their qualifications, skills, experience, and conduct. Reasonable accommodations are provided upon applicant and/or tutor request. To request reasonable accommodations for the application process, please email or call 202-649-0747.

PRIVACY ACT NOTICE: The Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C § 552a) requires that the following notice be provided to you: The authority for collecting information from you in this application is contained in 42 U.S.C 12592 and 12615 of the National and Community Service Act of 1990 as amended, and 42 U.S.C 4953 of the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973 as amended. You are advised that submission of the information is entirely voluntary, but the requested information is required in order for you to participate in AmeriCorps programs. The principal purpose for requesting this personal information is to process your application for acceptance into an AmeriCorps program, and for other general routine purposes associated with your participation in an AmeriCorps program. These routine purposes may include disclosure of the information to federal, state, or local agencies pursuant to lawfully authorized requests, to present and former employers, references provided by you in your application, and educational institutions, for the purpose of verifying the information provided by you in your application. In some programs, the information may also be provided to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to determine the existence of any prior criminal convictions. The information will not otherwise be disclosed to entities outside of AmeriCorps and the Corporation for National and Community Service without your prior written permission.