Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility

Great tutors come from all walks of life. Whether you’re 18 or 85, your most important qualification is a desire to help children succeed! That said, it’s important that you meet the following minimum qualifications by the beginning of your service:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Have a high school diploma or its equivalent
  • Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States
  • Have served three or fewer terms with an AmeriCorps State or National Program

Minnesota Reading Corps will not discriminate for or against any service member or applicant on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, familial status, disability, sexual orientation, or age.  Reasonable accommodations provided upon request. 

AmeriCorps term limits are a federal regulation. Currently you can serve up to four terms with an AmeriCorps national program or a state program such as Minnesota Reading Corps. After serving four terms, you’re still eligible to serve with an AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) or National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) program.

If you’re considering more than two terms of service, please keep in mind that AmeriCorps members are able to earn no more than the value of two full-time education awards. Once you meet this limit, you will not receive additional education awards for additional terms of service.

If you’d like to continue serving with Minnesota Math Corps after four terms, there are limited opportunities through Service Year. Contact your program manager to find out if this is a good fit for you.

We’ve got great options for college students and would love to chat with you about specific opportunities! Most often, college students choose to serve 18 or 25 hours a week. It’s important to know that tutors serve during the school day (generally between the hours of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.). To talk more about your schedule and what may work for you, call 866-859-2825 or email join@servetogrow.org

Yes! You’ll need to maintain a consistent schedule at your school, but are welcome to work part-time whenever you aren’t scheduled to be tutoring.

Yes! Math Corps will provide all the training you need to be successful in supporting students as they build foundational math skills. Some tutors have told us their own struggle with math helped them be more empathetic to their students’ challenges and others have told us that they enjoyed learning right along with their students. No matter your comfort or expertise with math, you can show students how to take on new challenges and demonstrate that there is no such thing as “a math person” — everyone can do math!

The Experience

You’ll spend most of your time helping students, not on the road! New tutors attend a four-day training called “Institute” that is held in the Twin Cities. To help you better serve your students, you’ll also participate in several additional trainings during the year. These trainings are offered regionally (in Duluth, Grand Rapids, St. Cloud, Moorhead, Rochester, Mankato and the Twin Cities) to minimize your drive time. All tutors are reimbursed for their mileage when they drive to trainings. Mileage is not reimbursed for your daily commute.

From Roseau up north to Albert Lea down south, our tutors help students all across the state. You can search for opportunities near you by visiting our application portal. To find opportunities near you, select “Zip Code” from the city menu (then enter your zip code and indicate the radius for your search)

Math Corps is designed to give students additional guided practice outside of their core math instruction time and doesn’t use a specific curriculum. Rather, we use research-based strategies that are proven to be effective for children who need extra help practicing foundational math skills.

Tutors must be available at least five hours every school day, during school hours. Hours vary from school to school — to see specifics, check the individual position posting. Some positions might require additional service in the evenings or on weekends.

No. Our positions run through the school year.

Below are some sample questions that represent the math that our students need to practice.

Multi-digit multiplication example: A truck has 50 boxes of jump ropes. Each box contains 100 jump ropes. How many jump ropes are on the truck?

Fraction example: Write or draw 3 fractions that are equivalent to 1/2.

Decimal example: Round .438 to the nearest tenth.

Equations and inequalities: Which value makes the equation 5b +15 = 30 true?

Area example: A triangle has a height of 25 feet. The length of its base is 12 feet. What is the area of the triangle?

Benefits

Tutors receive a stipend every two weeks and can earn up to an additional $4,366 for student loans or tuition, which can be gifted to a family member (if the tutor is 55 or older). Many tutors also qualify for additional benefits like free health insurance and child care assistance. Although the earnings are modest, the rewards are great! You’ll join an amazing group of more than 1,500 Minnesota tutors, determined to help students be more.

Looking for specifics? Visit our Tutor Benefits page.

Full-time AmeriCorps members are eligible to enroll in a free health insurance plan through Minnesota Math Corps.

A benefit of AmeriCorps service, the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is given when you successfully complete the required number of service hours. You can apply the award to educational costs, such as federal student loans, college tuition, educational supplies, etc. You have seven years to use your award.

If you’re age 55 or older at the start of your service, you may choose to transfer your education award to your child, stepchild, grandchild, step-grandchild or foster child. The recipient of a transferred award has 10 years to use the award, beginning on the date it was earned. Learn more about the education award here.

If you join Minnesota Math Corps, you are committing to one year of national service through AmeriCorps; you are not entering into permanent employment. In exchange for your service, you’ll receive a bi-weekly living stipend.

General Info

No difference! Members and tutors are the same.

As part of the national service network of AmeriCorps, Math Corps receives the majority of funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that oversees AmeriCorps.

CNCS is the nation’s largest grantmaker in support of service and volunteering, engaging more than three million Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to their communities each year. Its programs include Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, the Volunteer Generation Fund, the Social Innovation Fund and others. CNCS program members, and the volunteers they help coordinate, enable tens of thousands of national and local nonprofit organizations, faith-based groups, schools and municipal agencies solve tough problems and meet local needs in six priority areas: education, health, the environment, veterans and military families, economic opportunity and disaster relief.

Positions for each school year begin in August. We fill available positions on a rolling basis, so there’s no hard application deadline. However, early applicants have more placement choices, so we encourage you to apply sooner rather than later.

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