The Monterey County Office of Education’s AmeriCorps program was awarded another three-year grant for $359,957 to continue its United for Literacy program efforts in Monterey County. This is the fifth consecutive award for AmeriCorps.
Though the program, AmeriCorps trains about 30 tutors who each provide 1,700 hours of literacy development service to schools annually. Tutors provide one-on-one or small group tutoring during and after school hours for 30 minutes at least three times a week. This year, more than 515 students will receive at least 20 hours of tutoring.
Fifty-eight percent of second through fourth graders do not meet proficiency standards in language arts and 64 percent of students are English learners, according to the California Department of Education.
Monterey County United for Literacy mobilizes and links community resources that enable Monterey County children to read well and independently by the end of fourth grade. Since its inception in 2000, the program has clocked 484,000 hours of volunteer service reaching 6,175 students with one-on-one reading tutoring. Ninety percent of students participating in United for Literacy have advanced their reading ability to reach performance objectives.