Community Service Center - DC Reads

DC Reads

an umbrella of collaborative off-campus literacy programs that provide quality tutoring to children in need

About DC Reads

Established in 1996 under the American Reads Initiative, DC Reads has worked to improve the historically low literacy rates in our nation's capitol. The district-wide collaboration consists of several universities, their students, the DC Public School System, and a number of community-based organizations united under one goal of elementary school literacy. More than 160 AU students serve as tutors, volunteering their time to better the lives of the area’s elementary school children. 

If you are an AU student who wants to make a significant difference in someone’s life, look no further. On our site, you’ll find links to all the information you’ll need to get started in a program that will undoubtedly change you as much as the children you reach.

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DC Reads

Want to be a DC tutor? Learn more about the DC Reads Application process.

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DC Reads Video

Curious about DC Reads? Watch this video to hear first hand accounts from other students about their experiences and successes as tutors!

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Important DC Reads Dates

Calendar Deadline

Campus-wide dates