Many UMass Amherst students obtain work-study jobs with America Reads and America Counts, excellent community service programs administered by the Five Colleges. America Reads is a nationwide effort to bring together parents, teachers, community groups, college students, and business leaders to insure that all children read independently by the end of third grade. America Counts is a similar program that aims to help children master the fundamentals of mathematics.
Work-study students who take these positions work in area schools with professional teachers and educators, tutoring in small groups or one-on-one. America Reads tutors work with children in preschool through six grade and America Counts tutors focus on kindergarten through ninth grade.