Wilkes Gets Grant To Bring Tutoring Program To Wilkes-Barre Schools

May 4, 2019

Wilkes University received a grant to bring the “America Reads America Counts, Study Buddies” program to the Wilkes-Barre Area School District.

The university announced it received a grant from the AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) program through the Campus Compact of New York and Pennsylvania. The grant funds a yearlong position under Wilkes’ office of civic engagement, and the person hired will operate the Wilkes University “America Reads America Counts, Study Buddies” program.

The university is seeking applications for the position. Wilkes students will also be able to use federal work study money to work in this program.

The program offers tutoring in the areas of reading and math and provide mentoring that enriches learning opportunities for both college and elementary school students.

The pilot program is in partnership with Dodson and Kistler elementary schools in Wilkes-Barre and the Wilkes-Barre YMCA.

The program is expected to start in early 2020 and could expand to other schools in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District. The Study Buddies portion of the program will operate during the school day.